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History at Nansledan

Teaching and Learning Principles

Intent

At Nansledan, we want our future leaders to develop their curiosity about the past through enquiry-based learning. Our history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

We want our children to consider life in the past and make insightful suggestions and comparisons between the past and modern day. Our goal is to encourage the children to think in a critical way that will enable them to weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.

At Nansledan, the teaching of history helps pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, in addition to their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our curriculum aims to introduce a diverse range of people who have influenced the world we live in today. We want our future leaders to develop a deep understanding of local, regional, national and international history, so that they can recognise how we have arrived at this point. We endeavour to design a curriculum that allows the children to think, question and wonder. They will learn from the successes and failures of the past to pioneer progress in the future, locally and globally. Our aim is to embed lifelong history skills and knowledge, encouraging today’s learners to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Implementation

History is deeply embedded in our Nansledan STEAM curriculum and in the most part, children will develop their skills in history through the study of thematic units that relate to significant historical events or individuals who changed the course of history. Within our classrooms, we follow rich, exciting, and ambitious lines of enquiry by answering big questions such as How did the Victorians make the most out of life? We have selected and designed our units carefully so that our curriculum includes diverse narratives and voices. In some cases, children will undertake weeklong mini projects, to immerse themselves in a particular time period, such as the Romans or Ancient Egyptians. Purposeful cross-curricular learning projects are carefully planned by teachers, to further enrich the children’s love of historical enquiry. Through historical enquiry, we encourage the children to ask questions, select and evaluate evidence and to make judgments about the past. This is a vital way of showing them that there is often more than one side to a story and that history is multi-perspective. Children will continue build on their skills and knowledge in line with Nansledan’s History progression document ensuring the children can gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’ or ‘legacy’. In addition to teaching all areas of the National Curriculum, teachers ensure to open discussions about significant historic events, for example talking about what happened on this day many years ago. Our ‘History Curriculum Road Map’ is carefully planned so that by the end of year 6, all pupils will have gained a chronological understanding of British, local and world history from the Stone Age to modern day. The children are provided with opportunities to support their skills progression, such as historian visits and educational trips to museums. Children will communicate their learning by collecting evidence in their topic books and through displays, assemblies, photographs, and presentations. In EYFS, history is embedded throughout the year using real life experience and books. Ensuring the Early Learning Goals relating to history in the EYFS statutory framework is covered.

Impact

Our history curriculum makes a profound and positive impact on the outcomes of every pupil at Nansledan. Our children are happy and engaged learners who can make effective decisions, make links across areas of learning, and be respectful of the views of others. They experience a wide range of learning challenges and are given opportunities explore and ask questions. Visits from historians and future history focused learning visits will enrich the lives of the children and they will be able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding. At Nansledan, the children can speak enthusiastically about their learning and are eager to find out more about the past.

The impact of history within our STEAM curriculum is monitored through:

  •  Ongoing teacher assessment, marking and verbal feedback throughout lessons. Deeper thinking tasks and pink pen questions will allow teachers to extend the student’s understanding further.
  • Book Looks to check the impact of teaching is shown in the responses that the children give.
  • Pupil conferencing – students can talk confidently about their learning journey within history, they demonstrate a clear understanding of historical terms and understand methods of historical enquiry.
  • Low stakes testing which supports pupils to retain knowledge that has been taught. For example, quizzes, using visuals and reasoning-based questions. Teachers provide children with an opportunity to recap prior knowledge each lesson. 
  • Plenaries are used effectively to ensure previous topics are revisited and for targeted questioning.
  • Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
  • Self and peer-assessment opportunities.
  • Use of ‘On this day in history’ is embedded in lessons to inspire pupil curiosity to know more about the past. Allowing teachers to share a diverse range of narratives and voices. It raises discussions and excitement about significant historic events, cause and consequence and allows the children to form their own history-valid questions. This is an additional tool for formative assessment.
For Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, each year group studied an event or change from her 70 year reign. Have a look at our class posters below:

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