The study if history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and most importantly their local area in Rochester, Medway. Through finding about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. Throughout their years at our school, the history curriculum aims to make full use of the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. Themes are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests and is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and is revisited through their chronological understanding. At St Margaret’s at Troy Town, we have designed out History curriculum with the intent that our children will:
- Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers
- Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other import periods of History
- To discover links and connections to the History they learn and the wider community and locality
- Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ
- Draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught History
- Enquire into Historical themed questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past
History is taught as a stand-along subject as either a ‘driving’ (the main subject driving the theme for the term) or an ‘enhancing’ (a secondary subject which compliments the theme for the term) subject 3 times a year. Teachers work closely with the curriculum lead to be given objectives carefully selected to be in line with the curriculum and to make sure that each year is getting the coverage they need. The curriculum lead gives each teacher their knowledge and skill based learning objectives and it is up to the teacher to plan engaging, exciting and inspiring lessons so all children can achieve them as well as differentiate for the different learning needs in the classroom.
The impact of the History curriculum is measured in a variety of ways: questioning during lesson time, marking children’s written work, listening to child-led discussion, interviewing pupils across the school about their learning, book trawls and using images/videos of children’s practical learning. All of this feeds into the spine of our assessment, our 'Pilgrim Progress' records where we review, teach and assess their learning with 'I know..' statements. The class teacher will monitor the progression of each individual child in their class through the use of their Pilgrim Progress documents - marking initials next to which pupils are emerging, expected or exceeding. These are then monitored regularly by the subject lead to ensure consistency. By the end of each key stage most children are either working within or beyond the expected standard for their age in History.
At St. Margaret’s at Troy Town, our History Curriculum aims to stimulate children’s curiosity and interest with the past. We hope to inspire the historian inside every child through challenging, engaging and practical learning so that children will not only view history as looking back to past events, but to use their understanding and knowledge to help them understand the world today and their place in it.
Throughout their years at SMATT, pupils will explore a variety of historical periods and develop the skills of enquiry, investigation and evaluation. They will build a sense of chronology, gain knowledge of key events from the past, ask and answer questions and develop appropriate use of historical vocabulary. Pupils consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and discover Rochester’s place in History. From the Stone Age, to the Romans, to the Vikings, to Ancient Greece; we aim to inspire children with curiosity about our past and aim to link the ‘then’ with the ‘now’.
How can you help your child at home?
Click on the image below to direct you to a range of websites and activities to support your child with history at home (EYFS, KS1 and KS2).
What have we been learning?
Click on the image below to direct you to what each year group has been doing in their history lessons. Their amazing class displays and class trips are also here too!