History at Tower Road Academy
Aims of our history curriculum
At Tower Road Academy we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past through a range of sources, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically, in a range of ways and confidently using historical vocabulary. We aspire to enable children to work as historians: to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. We endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups and the challenges of those times, and we believe it is crucial for the children to make connections between past events, people and features of past societies.
We intend for our children to have real life experiences and learn about history in an active and creative way; links to other subject areas, including geography, RE, PSHE are developed and explored. Local history is particularly important to us; it is studied not only as a history ‘topic’, but also through links to the geography of our local area in understanding how, and why, the society, diversity and culture of our area has developed over time.
Whilst guided by the National Curriculum, we have designed our history curriculum carefully to ensure children have a clear understanding of the chronology of Britain’s history and that of the wider world, and to be able to make connections between periods of time and their influence on life today.
All of our units of history are investigated using an overarching enquiry question. We believe this approach promotes curiosity, drives learning towards a clear outcome, and gives a purposeful context for the children to embed their learning, using knowledge, investigation and source interpretation.
How we implement our history curriculum at Tower Road
When teaching history, artefacts, visitors or trips and themed days are used to bring the past to life.
We hope to have a visit from a mother and baby as part of Reception’s ‘Magnificent Me!’ topic where they explore how they have grown since birth.
During their first term, our Year 1 children discover what life was like when their grandparents were children and we invite grandparents into school to share their memories first hand.
Visitors also play an important part in inspiring ambition and future careers. A visit from a local museum guide provides children the opportunity to ask questions and develop their knowledge.
Cross-curricular reading in our history curriculum
We have carefully mapped high-quality texts throughout our curriculum, some which are read in history lessons themselves, others are used to link history with our learning in English, or as a class book. We strongly believe it immerses pupils into a topic, deepening their knowledge and understanding of a subject and exposing the children to rich vocabulary.
We believe it is important for young children to be inspired by and informed about people who have made contributions throughout history, and learn about the impact they have had on our lives. We learn about people in history who have influenced life in Boston as well as on a national and global scale.
Winston Churchill Rosa Parks Herbert Ingram
Florence Nightingale Queen Elizabeth Marie Curie