At Christ Church, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in all of our pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of our local areas, Britain and the UK, and how this has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Through a progressive, exciting curriculum the children will know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires and what this means for us today. We look at changes in living memory and beyond living memory; the lives of significant people of the past; understanding the methods of historical enquiry and use what we have learnt to ask and answer questions. Our children enjoy learning about history, gaining knowledge and acquiring skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught across the year as part of our termly topics, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the EYFS and National Curriculum. At Christ Church, we ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. For example, using the local area to look at what made Wirral wonderful over the past 60 years in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Key Stage 2, in particular, looking at New Brighton.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Christ Church are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.