I am Mrs Brock and I lead History at Beech Street. I enjoy seeing the impact history has on how we live today.
Beech Street Curriculum Intent for History
At Beech Street, we provide a high-quality history curriculum that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of local history, Britain’s history and that of the wider world. Our history curriculum will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our curriculum is rich in knowledge, vocabulary and experiences. An enquiry-based approach provides pupils with the desire and opportunities to ask perceptive questions, think critically, scrutinise evidence and develop perspective and judgement. Our history curriculum has many links to our locality which helps pupils to understand how history has impacted on their own lives, as well as in other communities. Pupils will study a range of cultures and historical perspectives enabling them to be respectful, tolerant and empathetic. Alongside the development of substantive knowledge, children will develop their disciplinary skills as they learn the fundamental elements of what it is to be a historian. History will be motivating, through engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all students an opportunity to question the past. Pupils will leave Beech Street being knowledgeable about key people, events and time periods from the past and will weave these together to form informed, overarching historical narratives.
Implementation – How will we deliver the History curriculum?
Learning knowledge is not an endpoint in itself, it is a springboard to learning more knowledge. Each unit in our overview is underpinned by rich, substantive knowledge and ambitious vocabulary, whilst also ensuring children are developing their disciplinary knowledge (historical skills). Each unit of work is planned carefully to ensure concepts are taught in optimal order to support children's understanding. As well as developing a breadth of historical knowledge, we want our children to become skilful historians. Each unit of work has an emphasis on historical enquiry where children investigate historically framed questions whilst also developing historical enquiries of their own. In addition to substantive and disciplinary knowledge, children will develop their experiential knowledge through museum visits, handling artefacts and engaging in carefully planned fieldwork.
Valuing Our Local Heritage
We believe strongly that children should have a rich understanding of their local heritage. This is why local history is woven into our history curriculum to ensure it is explicitly taught and that links with larger historical themes are made. For example, in Year 3, children learn about the importance of preservation of local buildings, such as St Mary’s Church in Eccles. In Year 1, during their transport unit, children learn about the Rainhill Trails. They will also make links to Eccles and Patricroft train stations. Year 6 will learn about the impact of the war on our local area.
Implementation – How do we know our history curriculum is effective?
We believe that if children have become knowledgeable historians, then they will be able to articulate their understanding with confidence. This is why pupil voice is an important tool in assessing whether children have made progress. If a child is able to confidently formulate and explain their own responses to an overarching enquiry, then the curriculum and its delivery have been successful.
In EYFS and year 1, learning is recorded in floor books. Children’s observations, comments and learning activities are recorded to give an overview of each unit. In year 2-6, humanities books are used to record learning. Each unit ends with a final piece of work which allows children to draw of their knowledge and enquiry skills. Children are supported to achieve their outcome in different ways in order to ensure that each child can achieve in history. This final piece of work or event is shared with parents, displayed in school or published within our local community.
BBC Bitesize is a great website with lots of information and games related to History. There is a section for KS1 and other for KS2.
Click the BBC Bitesize images below and it will take you directly to the website.