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A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots - Marcus Garvey

Curriculum Intent

At John Burns Primary School, our intent is to:

  • Provide a high-quality, broad and balanced history curriculum.
  • Stimulate pupils’ curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.   
  • 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.
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to develop skills of enquiry, investigation and analysis.
  • Equip pupils with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the history National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Curriculum Implementation

At John Burns Primary School:

  • Programmes of Study are blocked and linked to termly 3P topics.
  • At the start of each Unit of Work children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know.
  • Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills (chronological understanding, knowledge and interpretation, and  historical enquiry.
  • In order to support children in their ability to ‘know more and remember more’ there are regular opportunities to review the learning taken place in previous topics as well as previous lessons.
  • Pupils will have access to quality artefacts, sources and resources.
  • Pupils will ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of pupil work is recorded in pupils red topic books (KS1 and KS2). This book also contains geography work.
  • Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge.
  • Assessment is informed by observations during lessons, verbal feedback, pupil voice and work scrutiny.
  • Summative judgements (Working Towards/Working At/Working Above age-related Expectations) are recorded for history at the end of each termly 3Ps topic (KS1 and KS2).
  • An end of year overall summative judgement is made in end of year reports for all KS1 and KS2 pupils (EYFS profile assessment - ELG Understanding the World).  
  • Effective CPD and standardisation opportunities are available to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and knowledge are maintained. These are done through regular discussions with the history lead, whole school moderation and staff meetings.
  • Effective use of educational visits and visitors are planned to enrich and provide first-hand learning experiences for pupils.
  • Cross-curricular links are planned for and allow children to deepen their understand across the curriculum, including the use of geography, mathematics and science.  

Curriculum Impact

At John Burns Primary School, our pupils will have:

  • Become increasingly critical and analytical with their thinking, developing the skills to make informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past.
  • Become increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in.
  • Gained from meaningful, memorable opportunities that last a life time.   
  • Encountered or participated in high-quality visits/visitors to further appreciate the impact of history.
  • A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.