“A people without a knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey.
At Langley Mill Academy me want our children to learn about elements of British and world history that have impacted on how we live our lives today. We do this by teaching through three themes that are revisited in each year group. We teach the National Curriculum through these three themes, with history being a key element of our Values and Origins themes.
Values – Journeys – Origins
Values – Y3: Invaders and Settlers, Y4: Romans, Y5: Ancient Greeks, Y6: Britain during WWII
Journeys – Y3: Around the World in 80 Days, Y4: How the world we know today was changed by explorers, Y5: To Boldly Go, Y6: An Unexpected Journey
Origins – Y3: Robin Hood – myth or legend? Y4: What happened in Tudor Derbyshire? Y5: What was Victorian Langley Mill like? Y6: Which is the most important valley in the world – the Nile or the Derwent?
Our history curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, is grouped together over a period of weeks during our wider curriculum time. Links are made to other curriculum areas, including English. Each unit has a Knowledge Organiser that includes historical dates, key places, people and knowledge about the time period as well as historical enquiry skills, where appropriate.
The lessons are planned using smartboards and include revisits with links to past learning within the time period being studied and within the larger theme. Over the four years pupils develop their understanding in each theme, for example, in our Values theme they learn about the historical implications of our British Values such as democracy and rule of law and how history has shaped these. In our Origins theme they learn about what it means to live in Langley Mill – how the local area and county area have changed over the years and what impact the local area has had on British and world history.
Children show their understanding of the history they learn in a variety of ways and written outcomes are recorded in their curriculum books.
Children will be engaged and enthusiastic about history in school. Staff and pupil voice, book looks and learning walks will gather feedback about the history curriculum at Langley Mill. Formative assessments will inform future actions, so that teachers can ensure that children’s needs are met whilst embedding a solid understanding of historical knowledge and skills.