At Eastway, we aim for our history curriculum to be:
- Well Designed and Delivered, fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum. We lay the foundations needed for successful learning through the robust delivery of our Easter Matters Early Years Curriculum which is tailored to pupil's needs
- Knowledge-Rich so that children build deep historical knowledge that they return to and build upon as they move through school
- Closing the Gap: we carefully check children have the prior learning they need to be successful in a lesson and take action to support them fill any gaps they may have. We also check how well they are acquiring new knowledge in the lesson to adapt the lesson to their needs and provide additional support or challenge for children who need so that all children achieve our ambitious learning focus.
- Develops the skills of working as a historian such as questioning the bias in a source of evidence
- Bring Learning to Life as children have real-life experiences of history in their locality, reflecting the history that has been part of Wirral's story. This includes a focus on the the Vikings, Port Sunlight, New Brighton as a holiday resort at the turn of the century and the role Liverpool played in the Transatlantic Slave Trade
- Develop children as active, independent learners who are Ready, Respectful, Responsible
- Love learning about history!
Teachers use resources from the Keystage History scheme of work which provides quality resources for your child
In our history lessons at Eastway:
- Each lesson should take the form of answering a question to focus on the importance of using historical skills in their line of enquiry.
- The sub questions, which should make up one lesson, should be used to solve an overarching question set at the beginning of each half term.
- Children should be explicitly taught the necessary history skill involved in each lesson
- Lessons to be recorded in the children’s topic books which can be shown in a range of forms
- History lessons explicitly named on the daily whiteboard timetable
- Feedback within lessons
- Focus on developing pupils’ secure understanding of chronology as well as improving their thinking and knowledge in history.
- The opportunities to make comparisons and discuss their findings.
- Historical vocabulary taught and used accurately –modelled by staff members- to make pertinent and valid statements (Key words displayed on Working walls).
- Reflection time to evaluate the significance or reliability of evidence and sources.
- Developing skills of hypothesising, questioning and investigating.
- Opportunities to solve the questions that children have set themselves.
- Draw conclusions and communicate their findings.
- Teacher to be moving around the classroom targeting questions to move every child’s learning forward- ensuring a level of challenge and progression for all.
- Adults giving feedback as children work and children responding in green pen. Marking work after the lesson should be avoided.