We have designed a history curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the National Curriculum, whereby schools provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.
The intent is to deliver a curriculum that is rich, exciting and accessible to all. One that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. Our aim is for children to develop a deep understanding of the history of their locality, alongside our history curriculum, in which we aim to help stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We encourage them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History we will study and begin 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. During their time at Osbaldwick Primary Academy the children will increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes; increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past; develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument; develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn; and develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.
Our History curriculum includes termly topics for all children from EYFS and Year 1 to Year 6. We aim to offer a high-quality history education that 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. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits. We feel it is important for the subject to be taught discretely as well as incorporated within other curriculum subjects such as English and Art.