At Ardleigh Green Junior School, we aim to build and deliver a History curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of both knowledge and skills based on the National Curriculum. Through teaching, we intend to foster in children an interest and a curiosity in the past, as well as to develop an understanding of how events in the past have shaped the world we live in today, which could influence the decisions that they make in their future lives.
Knowledge: We intend for our children to become historians within our History lessons, enabling them to know about significant events throughout history and to appreciate how things have changed over time, developing a sense of chronology. As well as this, we aim to ensure that our children gain knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world, as well as encouraging an understanding about society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage. This is particularly important as the study of history enables children to learn about their very own identity, which is an amazing discovery that cannot be made in any other subject.
Skills: Additionally, we intend for our children to develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation, as well as to understand the concepts of civilization, parliament, sovereignty, monarchy.
Experiences: To help deepen children’s historical understanding and develop their love for history, we create exciting experiences which allow children to relive the era they are studying. Such experiences include: history workshops, visitors ‘from the past’ coming into school, school trips, investigating artefacts and using drama.
To engage our school community, we share and celebrate Ardleigh Green learning experiences on our school Twitter page (also known as ‘X’). On here, you will be able to see our many celebrations throughout the year, including Remembrance, Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
Our knowledge booklets detail key curriculum content required for each unit of work. These are shared with pupils and parents to stimulate discussion and improve outcomes.
Careful curriculum planning ensures that our pupils build on existing knowledge and skills over the course of their Ardleigh Green learning journey. This leads to better enjoyment of learning, engagement, understanding and knowledge retention.