History can’t just be taught, it has to be discovered and experienced!
At Gorringe Park Primary School we aim to deliver a History curriculum that is relatable to the diverse cultures in attendance at our school. With a high volume of our children coming from countries other than the UK, it is important that they know the important events and significant figures in the history of the country they reside in as well as their country of origin. To this extent we aim to provide children at our school with the skills and tools necessary to become historians, answering questions about our past and creating links on how it has affected our present and will impact our future. Children who have graced our corridors should leave knowing full well of the achievements that the fore-runners of their generation have accomplished.
Our history curriculum covers a wide range of time periods, cultures and significant events that keep our pupils engaged and interested through the interactive lesson we provide here at Gorringe. We believe that history can’t only be taught, but has to be discovered and experienced. With key questions driving the journey of discovery in each lesson, children will embark on the challenging quest of finding information and checking its validity and reliability like actually historians!
Our society and history is changing as we speak! In the past 15 years not only have we seen our first Black American president, we also have our first female Black/Asian vice president! Thus, at Gorringe we feel it’s important to highlight key figures who are female or are from minority ethnic groups in order to encourage our children by giving them role models they can be inspired by to make a difference in our world.
Our History Curriculum Intent:
To equip our pupils with the skills and knowledge to become their own historians, researching and answering questions to key events in history and that are relevant to the various cultures in attendance at our school.
Our History Curriculum Implementation:
Our lessons include...
Key questions that dictate a lesson or topic will pinpoint children to specific information in a time period, culture or significant individual. This will fine tune the knowledge and information they receive as well as give them the ability to compare similarities and differences between cultures and time periods.
Lessons that are engaging and interactive. History doesn’t have to be boring! Our history lessons allow children to become: archaeologists carrying out excavations, Victorian children experiencing what a typical school day is like, individuals who experience the burning catastrophe that is the fire of London.
Educational trips and visits. Our great city has a myriad of museums and galleries that are a great exhibition and monument to our past, showing pupils that learning can also happen outside the classroom setting.
Cross-curricular links: You can take the history out of the subject but you can’t take the subject out of history! There is no subject that can’t be linked to history in some form and thus there are many opportunities to combine history and science or history and P.E allowing even the most resistant historians to see another side of this subject.
Our History Curriculum Impact:
Our children leave our school with the relevant foundational knowledge that their secondary education can build upon. They will have the skills and tools to answer their own questions about history using both modern and past sources of information. What is most important is that our pupils develop a love of history that will stay with them long after they have left our school.