At Collierley Nursery and Primary School we shape our history curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that encompasses the British Values throughout; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to study life in the past.
At Collierley Primary School, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past, its diversity and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world and the importance of their place within it. Because of the rich nature of the history in our local area, the history curriculum dedicate special attention to this with the intention of instilling pride for the place our pupils live. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge, skills and the relevant vocabulary, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is chronologically progressive. History topics change termly and all focus on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Collierley, we ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. The use of sources, both primary and secondary, are highly regarded in the teaching of history as is the use of research. This gives children a ‘hands on’ approach to the work of a historian. For example, using the local area to look at how buildings have changed in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences between ages in Lower Key Stage 2, through to looking at an in depth study of the locality in Upper Key Stage 2.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Collierley are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.