Our History curriculum is designed to allow children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate history in their local area. The history curriculum at Oldfield draws from and makes full use of the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality.
Topics build on histories of the local diaspora. For example, we investigate the role of the Eastern European community in the second war, migration from Commonwealth countries and the history of Islamic Empire.
Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of historians:
- Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past;
- Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement
- Begin 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.
As part of the planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
- A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master and apply in lessons;
- A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth concentrating on the geographical skills suited to the age group;
- A low stakes quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory;
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience
Our History Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression and exploit strong links with the progression in Geography. Click below to see our Curriculum Overview.