History plays a central role within the curriculum at Oughterside. Cumbria has enjoyed a rich history and we feel it is essential that pupils have a clear understanding of this within the wider British and World context as a basis in which to develop pride in their community, their county and their country 2014 National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all children:
Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate children’s curiosity to know more about the past.
Children should learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
To 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.
These skills are developed through progressing through a chronological history of British history from Stone Age to present day. Using knowledge organisers and notes from the Curriculum with Unity Schools Partnership we aim develop historical skills throughout the school. Generally, the school aims to teach within a chronological order; however, with mixed age classes some adaptation is required to ensure a coherent understanding.
Wherever possible, the history topics also provide the basis of the school’s topic work linking directly with much of the school’s art and design, geography and English curriculum, also linking directly with the PHSE programme of study. It is felt that this is key to ensure pupils have a clear understanding of where our past is a key element to understanding British Society today.
We strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities.
Pupils’ accumulation of historical knowledge is assessed half termly through teacher assessment and skills are recorded on Scholar pack.