Corpus Christi Primary School

History

  

 History Intent at Corpus Christi: 

History shapes who we are. It is in every family story, every building, every painting, map or new archaeological discovery.  Understanding history give us a better understanding of the world, of ourselves, of different places and people.

Through the teaching of history, we develop children to think like historians: how to use evidence, develop their questioning, to make interpretations and connections and to understand context.  Above all to understand history is never simple, often controversial and that one view or perspective will never give the whole picture.

Our history curriculum covers a broad spectrum of local, national and worldwide topics within and beyond the National Curriculum. We develop knowledge and understanding (including chronology) alongside skills of enquiry and interpretation.  Our curriculum has been developed with subject specialists, the Historical Association and much research.

We build in exciting first-hand experiences ranging from exploring artefacts, pictures, documents and maps to interviewing local residents and interrogating school logbooks.  

We make the most of all the access we have in Manchester including Tudor sites, Industrial Revolution and a range of Museums. We embrace the local and community history within our diverse communities.

Our curriculum ensures each school has strong local history elements focusing on events, places and people significant to local area and contexts so our children in different schools will cover bespoke local history topics such as: Emily Pankhurst and the Suffragettes.

Curriculum Design:

Our History curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that ‘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.’ To ensure that pupils develop a secure knowledge that they can build on, our History curriculum is organised into a progression model that outlines the skills, knowledge and vocabulary to be taught in a sequentially coherent way. Chronological Understanding; Historical Understanding; Historical Enquiry; Interpretations of History; Organisation and Communication are all mapped out to ensure that pupils build on secure prior knowledge.

 Implementation: 

The implementation of the history curriculum is through a blocked approach. At Corpus Christi we place five pedagogical principles at the heart of our History curriculum and we have ensured that the time spent on the intent of how we deliver this, so the children ‘Remember more and know more”.

Link it: At the beginning of an area of learning, teacher meticulous link the children’s prior learning using key prerequisites stated on the medium-term plan.

Learn it: This is new learning. It is taught through the sequence of lesson known as ‘a line of enquiry’. Each question is exposed to the children through their learning objective as they are introduced to new. Children learn substantive knowledge required for the area of learning whilst developing their disciplinary knowledge

Check it: Throughout the Learn It phase we have planned in Check It opportunities for adults to review the learning to date within each area of learning. This give teachers the opportunity to recognise gaps in pupils’ knowledge and to enable them to make future decisions base don these assessments. Throughout lessons children’s understanding will be checked by the teacher through a range of ‘Check It’ tasks. At Corpus Christi, throughout the whole school, the children use Cully as a means of checking their knowledge and skills

Cully Says, Check it!

Show it: At Corpus Christi, At the end of a sequence of learning, we have created a ‘show it’ phase which is beneficial in enabling pupils to showcase their learning. The children present their learning on an individual or group level at the end of each area of learning. The aim is to get pupils to present an aspect of their learning to the rest of the class. In this way, it is supporting their cultural capital by providing opportunities for pupils to present information to others. The children develop their speaking and listening skills through the use of presentations such as: posters, fact files, PowerPoint presentations, speeches and persuasive writing. Importantly, there is an encouragement for pupils to come up with innovative ideas.

Know it: At Corpus Christi, we check that the children know more and remember more with a quiz at the end of each area of learning. As well as this, the children have weekly retrieval sessions to retrieve their prior learning to ensure that it is not lost. This would normally be after the area of learning has been concluded and could be later, or even much later, in the school year. We use a range of short activities which aim to engage pupils immediately.

 Impact: 

The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Children will therefore be expected to leave Corpus Christi reaching at least age-related expectations for History. Children will know more and remember more. Our History curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic history learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice and their work

History Policy 

History Curriculum 

 Golden Threads: 

Historical Golden Threads 

Golden Threads are a set of key historical concepts that children will repeatedly revisit throughout their time at Corpus Christi. Our golden threads for substantive knowledge are:

monarchy and religion

invasion and settlement

inventions

legacy

exploration and empire

societal change

By having the topics centred around these concepts, children are able to make links between their learning from one topic and year group to another, as well as use this knowledge to make connections with the present day and their own lives. At Corpus Christi, we want the children to be able to think about these concepts over a long-time span. 

Our golden threads for disciplinary knowledge are:

chronological understanding

similarity & difference

change and continuity

historical enquiry

cause and consequence

interpretation of evidence

 What our children think about History at Corpus Christi!

"I like History because I think it is good to learn about people who were here before us. History helps us build our knowledge and learn about the past. It makes me feel lucky to learn about what people use to have compared with what we have now".