History teaching at Meanwood focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We place an emphasis on building a knowledge rich curriculum which equips children with key facts for each subject studied. We do not follow a prescribed scheme of work at Meanwood, choosing to instead design a curriculum that is localised, personal to Meanwood’s children and families, and rooted in wonderful Literature, real-life experiences and primary artefacts and sources available to us. We understand as a staff the importance of teaching concepts in depth thus ensuring learning is embedded deeply as opposed to teaching more concepts but not exploring them thoroughly enough, meaning learning is easily forgotten. We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways, and that they should always ask searching questions, such as ‘how do we know?’ about information they are given. Each unit of History taught centres around an enquiry question which leads the learning throughout the half term. Enthusiasm for History is gained through end of topic 'Pop up Museums' where the children have the chance to showcase their new knowledge to family, friends and staff. Children also have the opportunity to respond to the enquiry question at the end of each unit through a written piece in their History books.
Our four key substantive concepts are:
These themes run throughout our history curriculum and allow our children to recognise the impact and influence key historical events and eras have had on both Britain and the world up to the modern day. Our children also develop an understanding that the interpretation of these key moments is always changing. By the end of their time with us, all pupils have a thorough understanding of these four concepts.
We aim for all children to develop a genuine interest in history and a real sense of curiosity about how humanity has reached the point it has in the modern day and how they have been influenced by both key moments, eras and individuals.