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Subject statement History

Rushbrook Primary Academy History Curriculum Statement

The aim of History teaching at Rushbrook is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past in Britain and in the wider world. In our school, we teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry.

Timelines feature in every History-based topic and in most Geography-based topics. This ensures children are consistently revisiting and developing their skills in chronology and the ability to place new learning in context with prior learning.

At Rushbrook, we believe History has to be tangible and as a result have many visits and visitors bringing history to life. These events range from spending the day as a Roman in Chester, to hearing ‘first-hand’ about the life and experiences of Florence Nightingale.

We complete a pre-learning session the half term before a new topic to spark an interest for the children and give them some ownership in their learning. In this session children consider:

· What do I already know about this topic?

· What do I want to know about this topic?

· How can I find things out about this topic?

· How can I display my learning in this topic?

· What new vocabulary will I learn in this topic? Most National Curriculum objectives are revisited in each group but the progression documents for Year 1-Year 6 ensure clear progression so that children do not repeat topics unnecessarily.

We recognise the fact that in all classes there are children of widely-different abilities and seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.