At St Mary Queen of Martyrs we strive to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. We hope that the children will become passionate about finding out about the past and have a good understanding of when things happened. We teach children a sense of chronology, in order to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. This enables our children to learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain.
We aim to make all children aware of the actions of important people in history and enable children to know about significant events in British history, whilst appreciating how things have changed over time. History will also ensure our children understand how Britain developed as a society, contributing to a greater understanding of their country of residence.
Furthermore, our children will learn about aspects of local, British and Ancient history. This wider awareness leads to the children having some knowledge of historical development in the wider world. We believe that by allowing the children to understand the importance and enjoyment of History through different opportunities, they will become enthused learners in History.
All learning will start by revisiting prior knowledge. This will be scaffolded to support children to recall previous learning and make connections. The connections are linked through History key-concepts. At St Mary Queen of Martyrs, these are:
Chronology, Interpretation, Continuity and Change, Cause and Consequence, Settlements, Significant People, Significance and Society and Sources.
Staff will explicitly model history related vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning which will allow the children to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. Learning will be supported through the use of knowledge organisers that provide children with scaffolding that supports them to retain new facts and vocabulary in their long-term memory.
At St Mary Queen of Martyrs, pupil voice shows that pupils are confident and able to talk about what they have learnt in history using subject specific vocabulary. Pupil voice also demonstrates that pupils enjoy history and are able to recall their learning over time. Pupils work demonstrates that history is taught at an age appropriate standard across each year group.
Work is of good quality and demonstrates pupils are acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary in an appropriate sequence. The show what you know session, enables children to showcase their knowledge of the period taught.