At Soho Parish, we plan for a high-quality history education which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past through asking perceptive questions. Pupils are encouraged to think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
We teach to a 2- year curriculum cycle which has been designed to ensure that children receive the breadth of learning required by the National Curriculum and that there is progression and development of their knowledge, understanding and skills over time, through each phase. Each History unit is linked to the over-arching curriculum concept for that term and makes cross curricular links with learning in other subjects, which encourages children to make links and find key conceptual themes across history.
History is rotated with Geography on a half termly basis and taught weekly for all KS1 and KS2 classes.
Through the History curriculum at Soho Parish children have the opportunity to:
- Develop their abstract terms and historical concepts across a range of areas of study to gain historical perspective.
- Understand methods of historical enquiry to interpret and analyse evidence effectively.
- Have regular opportunities at each Key Stage to visit cultural institutions and venues, which might include a museum, a theatre, a gallery, a heritage site and a cinema
- Develop children’s awareness of industries that incorporate the humanities in order to develop interests and passions which they can take further.
- Regularly celebrate their achievements through displays in class, exhibitions, class assemblies and key stage productions
Assessment of children's learning in History is achieved through the ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, in line with the National Curriculum expectations of attainment.
Achievement in History is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of book monitoring, looking at outcomes and lesson observations.