At Avenue Primary Academy we believe history should be concerned with stimulating pupil’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We aim for pupils to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. We teach pupils to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach pupils to investigate these past events and, by so doing, develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our History lessons. We believe in whole-class teaching methods and we combine these with enquiry-based research activities. We encourage children to ask as well as answer Historical questions. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of primary and secondary sources, such as statistics, diary extracts, pictures and photographs, and we enable them to use ICT in History lessons where this serves to enhance their learning. Children take part in group discussions, and they present their ideas to the rest of the class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities.
We recognise the fact that there are children of widely different Historical abilities in all classes and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this by:
- setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses and outcomes;
- setting differentiated tasks according to ability with increasing difficulty, some children completing only certain sections;
- depending on the task, teacher assessment will group children according to their ability or in mixed ability groups;
- providing resources of different complexity according to the ability of the child.
The history curriculum enables pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps our pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our history curriculum ensures pupils are armed with the historical skills and knowledge that will permit them to be ready for their transition into secondary education and for life as an adult.
Use the links below to view the History Road Maps: