We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
- Martin Luther King
At Shortlanesend School, our History learning is delivered as part of our immersive curriculum. We strive to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all children and maximises the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more.
As a result of crefully planned sequential learning our children will increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes. Our children will develop their understanding of the present in the context of the past through constant and developmental use of their skills in inquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument. All this is under pinned with immersive learning opportunities which spark their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn. Finally, all our children through their History experiences will develop a stronger sense of identity through learning about the past.
At Shortlanesend School, History is taught throughout the year as part of our immersive curriculum. Historical links are maximised during termly topics, and especially during the summer term's history themed topic. This ensures that learning is constant and children achieve depth in their learning.
The rolling programme is set two years in advance to allow teachers to ensure progression of key knowledge and skills across topics throughout each year group across the school.
At the end of their journey through our school our children will have experienced many lively, and interesting historical learning opportunities all aimed to develop our children to confidently draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives.
Our children would also have enjoyed discovering aspects of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Egypt.
The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Within our knowledge-rich approach, there is a strong emphasis on people and the community of our local area.We hold a yearly Cornish Week, where children build up their sense of identity and place about the uniqueness of Kernow.
Planning is guided by and aligned with the national curriculum. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
Outcomes of work are monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge.
As a result of careful, sequential and inspiring planning, teaching and assessing our children at the end of Year 6 will:
- understand and use the key skills of chronological awareness
- have a firm understanding and knowledge of events in the past
- confidently enquire and interpret historical events and the effects they had on the people of the time
- organise and communicate their understanding clearly
- how learning lessons from history can influence the decisions society and individuals face today
- know more, remember more and understand more about History