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History

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What we aim to achieve in History

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

The skills and knowledge we develop in History

At Hillborough Junior School, we develop the children’s skills and knowledge through five key areas: organisation and communication, chronological awareness, range and depth of historical knowledge, historical interpretation and historical enquiry. We aim to develop the pupils’ skills with a focus on skills progression that builds on prior knowledge.

What History looks like at Hillborough Junior School

Our topics in History are taught chronologically with a focus on skills progression throughout each year group. We hope that by building on prior knowledge we can embed both their historical knowledge and understanding as well as developing their historical skills.

History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary and secondary sources. In each key stage, we give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance. We encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their experiences of events in the past. We recognise and value the importance of stories in history teaching, and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past. We focus on helping children to understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways, and that they should always ask searching questions, such as ‘how do we know?’, about information they are given.

We recognise that in all classes, children have a wide range of ability in history, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.

We achieve this by:

  • setting tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
  • setting tasks of increasing difficulty, some children not completing all tasks;
  • grouping children by ability in the room, and setting different tasks for each ability group;
  • providing resources of different complexity, depending on the ability of the child;
  • using classroom assistants to support children individually or in groups.

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