At Chilwell Croft Academy it is our aim to instil a love of History in all our children. We provide a history curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum History Programmes of study. We deliver a diverse, varied, and engaging history curriculum; that interests and intrigues our children while meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. From EYFS up to the end of KS2, the children will be taught about various historical events, periods, and people, who have shaped not only the United Kingdom but the world.  History alongside Geography are the drivers of our Non-Core Curriculum highlighting links to other non-core subject areas. We will monitor progress regularly through learning walks, lesson visits, book scrutiny and pupil voice.

Cross curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for, with strong links between the history curriculum and English lessons enabling further contextual learning. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt, and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes of work are monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified skills / knowledge. Within our knowledge-rich approach, children will make links with the school’s core values.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in Foundation Stage to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.

Curriculum Implementation:

All learning will start by revisiting prior knowledge. This will be scaffolded to support children to recall prior learning and make links. Staff will model, explicitly, the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge, and skills pertinent to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.

History is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can dive deeper into a topic of history. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Each lesson has a historical skill that is taught explicitly; children show case their historical skills by answering key questions. By the end of Key Stage 2, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day.

Curriculum Impact:

Through the high quality first teaching of History taking place, we will see the impact of the subject in different ways.

Through pupil voice children will be able to articulate what history is and why it is important. Furthermore, they will be able to discuss the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Children will be engaged in History lessons and want to find out more. Children will complete research independently through projects and and to further their own enjoyment about the subject, topic or event they have been studying. Work will show that a range of topics is being covered, cross curricular links are made where possible and differentiated work set as appropriate. Children will make links and connections through a historical lens, which will deepen their understanding of the world they live in. As a result, they will have an opinion on historical themes / aspects. The school environment will be history rich through displays, resources, vocabulary etc.

As historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future.?Monitoring will show standards in History will be high.

Careers linked to History:

A Historian

A Teacher

A Barrister/Lawyer

A University Lecturer

A Professor

An Archaeologist