At Kingsley, it is our intent to provide a History curriculum that is designed and planned to give each child an exciting and interactive look in to the past. Through an enquiry-led approach pupils discover many different periods from the Stone Age right up to events which have taken place in the last decade.
The school will aim to give each child the opportunities to learn about the past in their local area and how this may shape modern life as well as further afield such as Egypt, Italy and South America.
We believe it is fundamental that children leave us with the skills to form their own opinions on a range of past events and we will provide them with opportunities to:
* Look at resources and sources from historical periods.
* Explore what these resources and sources tell us about the past.
* Explain how these resources help them gain information about the past.
* Analyse where they might find reliable information which will inform their understanding on previous eras.
We hope that each child will enjoy the experiences and opportunities that our broad History curriculum offers through an exciting range of artefacts, games, practical projects and exploration.
What is a Knowledge Organiser?
A Knowledge Organiser is a go-to document for an enquiry: each one identifies the key information that children need to have learned by the end of a unit of learning and. It also acts as a tool to support children in retaining and retrieving knowledge to foster life-long learning. They are posed as either a question or a statement to ensure a concise understanding of a period of History is grasped rather than a broad understanding of a 'topic'.
How do they help teachers?
They are used as a planning tool - to plan the essential knowledge that children need to cover in the unit (substantive and disciplinary knowledge):
At Kingsley, we have developed our own Knowledge Organisers to support the delivery of the curriculum, with each one reflecting on knowledge children should already know from previous learning. Each organiser also includes a list of technical vocabulary with definitions. These knowledge organisers are designed carefully to match identified ‘key knowledge and vocabulary’ we want each class to know. This is a process which takes a significant investment in time and we aim to continually develop as the year progresses. Please speak to the History team if you would like to know more about how we use these documents to support the learning and teaching of working Historically. Here are some examples below.