History at Norbury aims to ensure pupils develop a keen interest in the past and be inspired to know more. Through a broad curriculum they will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The progression of key historical concepts will equip them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence as well as develop perspective and judgement. Pupils will explore the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies.
Our cross-curricular approach will deepen pupils’ understanding of how past events reflect upon who they are as individuals as well as their attitudes and values. Educational visits and historical days aim to support them in acquiring a sense of cultural heritage and enrich their learning. The ‘local area’ element of the History curriculum will raise pupils’ awareness of how international and national events are linked to the regional and local experience.
In the EYFS, History is taught through the Early Learning Goals and is linked to the objectives of both the Primary and Specific Areas within the EYFS Foundation Stage Framework. In KS1 and KS2, it is taught in a timetabled weekly lesson.
Teaching and learning is structured around a 36-week year and organised into 6 week blocks or topics.
Whole school weekly themes include ‘Black History’ and ‘Remembrance’ allow all pupils to focus on specific aspects of history. The learning culminates in an inclusive assembly presentation to pupils and parents.
Norbury is developing an extensive collection of primary and secondary sources of evidence including artefacts which are used in the teaching and learning of History. These are organised in topic boxes and stored centrally to support teachers plan and deliver engaging and stimulating lessons. Pupils are immersed into the historical topic at hand and, where possible, a cross-curricular approach enables them to reinforce and enrich their understanding (linked core texts in English as well as Art and D.T. projects for example).
Through the school’s virtual platform, DB Primary, use is also made of a variety of on-line resources such as those from the Historical Association.
Educational visits are an integral part of the curriculum at Norbury. They help bring history ‘alive’ and give real substance and relevance to classroom learning.
Examples of visits include those to the ‘Headstone Manor Museum’ and access to their resources and expertise has provided valuable insight into understanding history at the local level as well as the processes involved in the discipline of History such as archaeology.
In Year 6, pupils have the opportunity to visit the ‘RAF Museum London’ - both within the local area.
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