History at Christ Church
History offers countless information about how people and societies behave. Through its study it is fundamental in supporting our learners to critically reason and analyse.
Our Intent for History
At Christ Church Streatham we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.
We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;
- The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;
- The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
- A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics;
- A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
How we implement our History Curriculum
Our History curriculum is taught through a thematic, creative approach with specific learning goals for international mindedness and for personal learning based on the IPC personal goals of cooperation, communication, thoughtfulness, respect, resilience and morality. This provides opportunities for our learners to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We are fortunate to be situated in a historically rich area, giving us a range of fascinating local history studies, such as London during the Blitz, Exploring Brixton Windmill, how the Romans changed Britain and the Great Fire of London.
Teachers are provided with an additional time to plan their curriculum. As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
- A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master;
- A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth;
- A low stakes quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory;
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner;
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;
Our History Curriculum
Our History Curriculum has been carefully designed so that it has a good balance of skills and knowledge for our learners. You can access an overview of our curriculum that shows how our history curriculum is mapped throughout the school
Skills progression in History
Our Planned Impact
Throughout their time at Christ Church Streatham, our children will become equipped with historical enquiry skills. This will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
Our cross-curricular topics, thematic learning weeks and enrichment visits to historical sites will enable for greater freedom and a more in depth analysis of historical events through other subjects such as English, Maths and Art.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
Our History Curriculum is of a high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school; Pupil discussions about their learning
History Knowledge Organisers
Our Knowledge Organisers for each subject can be found on the class pages on this website. Click here to access.