At Hollickwood, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians.
Our History curriculum promotes cross-cultural awareness and understanding, moral and social consciousness and encourages pupils to learn and develop their sense of identity and belonging based on historical heritage. Thus they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures and beliefs in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. By understanding the past, our past, we better understand our present.
At Hollickwood we adhere to the National Curriculum for History and welcome opportunities to teach a broad and balanced programme that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. Children develop the following Historical skills as they progress through the school:
- Chronological Understanding
- Knowledge and Understanding of Events, People and Changes in the Past
- Historical Interpretations
- Historical Enquiry/ Investigations
- Presenting, Organising and Communicating
Our Curriculum Intent, which takes into account the school, local, national and global needs, is embedded throughout our History curriculum:
Experiences and Opportunities
We enrich our children’s learning using visits, visitors, collections and artefacts, books, the internet and computer programs. Such opportunities and experiences promotes a respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning.
Through enriching learning opportunities, we aim to provide children with tangible, relevant and memorable experiences that support in acquiring and developing knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past.
All pupils will have equal access to the History curriculum and a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of History. Learning ability, physical ability, linguistic ability, gender, ethnicity and/or cultural circumstances will not impede pupils from accessing History lessons. We aim to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. It is important that children feel a connection with History to have a true understanding of themselves, their society, their nation and the world, therefore we aim to embed equality and diversity in our curriculum by studying a range of representatives.
Hollickwood is committed to teaching our children to respect, accept and celebrate the diversity and difference that exists in our society. Our ethos, culture and curriculum reflects these communities and is proactive in promoting belonging and community accountability.
Our enquiry based curriculum enables children to develop a sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways. It supports children to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences. These skills prepare children for a future of cognitive functioning. We aim for our children to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry whilst being able to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources.
A language-rich curriculum is vital if we are to open doors and bridge the gaps for our children’s futures. We, therefore, place a high focus on developing the children’s vocabulary and spoken skills using explicit teaching of Historical vocabulary.
Children’s knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through a cross-curricular approach. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.
Mental Health and Well-being
History includes looking into the emotive aspects of humanity. This lends itself to a wealth of opportunities to develop children’s personal, social and emotional learning. We are committed to support wellbeing for all and encouraging children to develop their sense of identity and belonging in a multi-cultural society whilst enabling them to combat prejudice and discrimination. We aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so they can flourish individually within their own communities, and as citizens in a plural society and the global community