The named History Subject Leader at Our Lady's is Mr P Spear
To understand the past is critical to our understanding of who we are and where we stand in the world both as individuals and as a national community. When we analyse the actions of people and leaders from history it gives us a perspective and understanding of how societies change and can be changed both from within and by a multitude of exterior influences. It also equips us with critical thinking skills that allow us to see reasons for events and actions that may not be immediately apparent at first.
Children at Our Lady’s are taught History through the Creative Curriculum, this means that areas of study are taught within contextual situations and children can apply computing, design and art skills when finding solutions to questions posed in History lessons.
We also use TASC and Mantle of the Expert to teach History. TASC provides the children with a structure to approach issues and problems posed within History lessons – as an example in Year 5 the children have to design their own Iron Age settlement. The TASC wheel helps them to research design, refine, share and evaluate their work. We use Build-A-Team, an approach we have developed in school. This approach sees the children solve a contextual problem. They work through a verity of steps to solve a problem, these steps include consulting experts and creating a team with assigned roles. Our previously cited Iron Age investigation would be an example of this and the children would consult historical builders to provide a solution to designing a viable settlement.
Each class works on a topic for a week in depth at the start of each term. This allows them to become highly immersed and engaged in the topic and also gives them the opportunity to understand the topic at a level that shows a greater depth or mastery of the skills and knowledge.
Children also work within cross curricular settings in the subject of History. This may mean sizing out the perimeter and area of their hill fort for instance or writing from the viewpoint of an Iron Age chieftain.
We try to make history meaningful and contextual which brings situations and events to life and makes experiences, concepts and dates memorable. The children are also given opportunities to carry our investigations where they need to research and evaluate evidence. They use and develop critical thinking skills in these contexts and are able to produce reports or viewpoints about historical contexts.