Study the past, if you would define the future...
At Rode Heath, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire all pupils curiosity and fascination about Britain's past and that of the wider world. Children are naturally interested in the world around them and its past; the study of history makes a valuable contribution to their understanding of all aspects of life, giving a sense of identity and heritage. At Rode Heath we are passionate about history, and value it not only in its own right but also for its cross-curricular links. Through exciting topics and themes, we endeavour to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and help them gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of not only Britain’s past, but that of the wider world.Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the regular use of fieldwork, educational visits and also residential visits.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught in a half-termly block of lessons focussing on the knowledge and skills outlined in the National Curriculum. Bespoke schemes of work have been developed to ensure continuity and progressios builds on the prior learning which children encounter in previous years. Through the use of residential visits in Years 2-6 and other fieldwork opportunites we try to implement as many 'real life' experinces for the children as possible. For example fieldwork in Year 3 looking at the previous salt works in Rode Heath and its link with the canal.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that pupils at Rode Heath are equipped with historical knowledge and enquiry skills that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in their future.