At Grange Park, in history, we aim to stimulate all children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology and to discover links and connections to the History they learn. Children at Grange Park develop their knowledge and explanations of change and continuity over time, and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. We teach them to investigate past events and, by doing so, develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.

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The Investigative Curriculum Cycle is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work use investigation and enquiry. Our history curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards defined end points.

Key drivers within history units are:

  • Teaching of subject specific vocabulary
  • Application and use of historical skills such as: analysis of primary and secondary sources; sequencing photographs, artefacts and events on a timeline; examining cause and effect.
  • Reading enhancement through wider subjects (Reciprocal Reading approach)
  • Showcase/communicate their information/knowledge in a variety of ways
  • Revisit to aid long term memory

Pupils at Grange Park will be increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world they currently live in. They will also have a further understanding of history on a local level and on a small-scale. Children will become increasingly critical and analytical with their thinking, making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge in the past. Children will develop enquiry skills to pursue their own interests within a topic and further questioning. The end of key stage content is known and built upon through school. This is measured by:

  • Pupil voice
  • Book monitoring
  • Teacher/parent voice
  • End of unit post tasks
  • Revisit at the end of the year to aid long term memory/retention