Welcome to our St Giles C of E Academy History page.
Here you will find information about how we teach and nurture a love of History. You will see the curiosity and enjoyment our children experience in History lessons by learning about the past through a topic based approach. Children will be become confident historians who learn about our local past and make connections to it. Through topics tailored to our St Giles Curriculum our children will understand how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. They will be taught to make links and connections within and across periods of history. Wherever possible handling artefacts to interpret a range of sources.
History is taught on a 2 year rolling programme. Each academic year the children will learn about three history topics. Topics that link are revisited through the Key Stages to allow teachers and pupils to revisit, remember and build on prior learning. Each topic is launched with an open enquiry question to spark imagination and interest. Our inclusive and cross-curricular topic based approach takes the children on a learning journey; enrichening and enlivening History lessons which immerse the pupils in a variety of relevant themes.
We are acutely aware that for our children to succeed they need to develop a rich, broad vocabulary which is why we place an emphasis on developing the vocabulary of our children. Subject specific vocabulary will be taught to enable our pupils to evaluate sources, discuss their findings and help them appreciate how history links together and consider the impact of significant historical events. Our St Giles topic based Curriculum also enriches English and language into every History lesson.
A ‘wow workshop’ is carried out every half term which engages and inspires our pupils. In Pontefract we benefit from a rich historical culture which the children are immersed in by working with the Pontefract Civic Society, The Wakefield Museum, Pontefract Castle and Pontefract Library.
Some topics are standalone such as Music and P.E but wherever possible links are made to history including in R.E lessons wherever possible.
We are proud to say that we have a strong understanding of The National Curriculum and the statutory requirements that build a depth of understanding of History. The St Giles Curriculum is broad and promotes depth of study.
At St Giles Academy the impact of the curriculum is assessed and evidenced through the children’s Topic Books. Our Topic Books allow the children to see for themselves how a topic is cross curricular. Assessment of History is ongoing, assessed against the outcomes of the National Curriculum. Informal Summative assessment is completed at the end of a topic in the form of a KWL grid. The main impact of the curriculum can be seen through the love of History that has developed in the minds of our children, their experiences are broadened through workshops and external visits which gives them the confidence to discuss and question their findings.
KS1, Lower Key stage 2 and Upper Key stage 2 approach the History Curriculum with a team approach; with all teachers contributing to the History Curriculum. Coverage of the topics is monitored on a Curriculum Overview Mapping document.
Subject Leaders use pupil voice to ascertain the depth of impact of the history curriculum and to inform future planning. History is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies including book scrutinies, lesson observations and pupil interviews. At least one strategy of monitoring is completed each term for each phase teaching History.
We aim to give all our pupils the opportunity to success and reach the highest level of personal achievement; to promote the individuality of all our pupils, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.