At Blackpool Gateway, we teach a History Curriculum which is focussed on the development of historical knowledge and refinement of skills. As a school we follow the History overview outlined by FOCUS Education, meaning that each class has a ‘Key Question’ to explore for each topic in History. We passionately believe that historical skills should be continually practised over time and show progression across the whole school. When teaching History, we believe that enrichment is essential to make learning experiences real to our children. Therefore, we provide opportunities for History themed extra-curricular activities and class visits during the academic year.
In EYFS, History is taught as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. We relate the historical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Years curriculum which underpin the planning for children aged three to five. History makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives.
In Key Stage 1, our children have the opportunity to compare and contrast the past to the present day, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical figures and expand their research skills. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and visiting places which link to the topics taught in History.
In Key Stage 2, our children have the opportunity to; explore how their local area has changed, learn about historical figures and research early settlers and their impact on Britain. We teach children how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage the children to critically examine source material and we endeavour to provide the children with opportunities outside of the classroom to understand how History has shaped the world that they live in.