History Programme of Study

Learning is defined in the Ofsted handbook as ‘An alteration in long-term memory.’  In order to achieve this, the curriculum needs to be in an order so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before, meaning pupils can connect new knowledge with existing knowledge and work towards clearly defined end points.

History in the school curriculum

Being an all-through school has enabled us to create a bespoke programme that builds on skills and knowledge across the whole school.

  1. We enhance the curriculum within the Primary phase, by utilising the skills of our Secondary colleagues to deepen the subject knowledge of both staff and students.
  2. Units with key objectives have been planned by the Primary staff in order to ensure there is continuity and progression from Reception to Year 6 and into KS3 and KS4
  3. The command words: Describe, Explain and Compare are used when planning activities, to enable children, when they are developmentally ready, to show their historical understanding;  this leads directly into the KS3 requirements FOR KS3 and KS4 
  4. At Gildredge House, we recognise that experiences and enrichment opportunities help to bring the subject of History alive.  There will therefore be opportunities to:
  • Handle artefacts with care
  • Welcome visitors eg Hands on History
  • Within the Primary phase, use imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas
  • Respond to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
  • Make visits to local places of interest including castles, where possible, and where not, make use of videos and the internet.

Intent for History

Bronze Age at Gildredge House                Learning how to use a bow and arrow as part of our Castles topic What can artefacts teach us?                      
  1. To deliver a curriculum that is accessible to all and that will maximize the outcomes for every child so that they know, remember and understand key information about people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past.
  2. To equip children with the necessary skills to act as historians by investigating and interpreting the past using a range of resources. We will encourage the children to provoke thought, questions and discover answers to these questions, in order to gain a greater understanding of their wider world, including the past.
  3. Children will understand what it means to live in the UK today and be a British citizen, compared to in the past.
WW2 Celebrating VE Day


Implementation of History at Gildredge House

For more information on implementation and impact, read our Programme of Study