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.
Teaching will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.
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We aim to teach skills that not only develop children into accomplished historians but are also transferable across the curriculum. This includes applying their learning to their own social, moral, ethical, cultural and spiritual development. understand the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We have developed a thorough and ambitious curriculum that is built up term by term and year by year. This is designed to ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to make excellent progress, both academically and personally, and is given the chance to truly be the best that they can be.
At St Augustine’s, our units are selected from the National Curriculum and cover an extensive programme of study based on Local, British and World History. These units are arranged into cross-curricular topics, whereby History is taught alongside English, Geography and other subjects that focus on a particular theme. The units are developed in such a way to link the past to the children's own lives and context within London and Britain. Each topic is taught in an exciting way in order to help knowledge ‘stick’; this includes the use of artefacts, information books, guest speakers, themed ‘in-day’ and ‘out-days’ and educational visits, making use of all London has to offer. As well as developing sound historical understanding and knowledge, we place equal importance in the progressive development of historical skills.
Each unit is planned in detail by our teachers and overseen by the Subject Leader. Each topic is selected in order to develop children’s understanding of how the knowledge they have acquired is related to them as individuals within their own local context. Both the knowledge and skills required for proficient understanding of the topic is carefully identified and then taught through engaging, immersive and creative lessons. During the entry point of each new unit, the children are asked to identify what they already know about it, as well as considering what they would like to find out. Teachers then use to develop a thorough and enquiry-based unit lead by the children’s curiosity.
Our curriculum celebrates the diversity of the local community and we are passionate about promoting a culture which values a variety of ideas for the benefit of our pupils and the community we serve. Through our chosen topics, history is examined through different perspectives and lenses, including those that are particular to the personal experiences of our students. We also value inclusion and ensure that our pupils are given access to a wide pool of knowledge, skills and understanding whatever their background or ability level. Emphasis is placed upon the importance of discussion and promoting a rich vocabulary, through both modelling and scaffolding, to ensure that the curriculum is accessible to all. We aim to bring learning to life, both in the classroom and outside, and our topics have been created to make full use of the local area and opportunities for outdoor learning. This increases our pupil’s cultural capital through a rich diet of educational visits, including residential trips in Years 4 and 6.