Rationale for the History curriculum at Dringhouses
At Dringhouses, we provide a high-quality history education through the use of exciting and engaging learning projects. This helps pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and it inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
We aim for children to become confident technology users who are, at minimum, computer literate; enabling them to fulfil their potential and thrive in an increasingly computer-reliant world. Our pupils learn key computer skills which includes developing typing fluency, researching online, coding and data handling which will support them throughout their future.
York provides rich resources for historical learning which the school makes good use of. It also enables the children to feel a sense of ownership of and a stake in their city – a connection to where they are from.
Aims of history learning at Dringhouses
In line with the national curriculum for history, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
Children are given a wide range of experiences and resources as a stimulus for each area of study. Children are encouraged to ask and answer questions as well as selecting and recording information.
Wherever possible, we plan first-hand experiences for the children, including the use of artefacts, photographs, school records, visits to buildings and sites of historical interest and oral accounts from visitors to school. Teachers use a variety of approaches to encourage and enthuse the children, including role play, presentations and drama, individual, paired and group activities, discussions and debates.
In the Early Years’ Foundation Stage, history is taught through the areas of provision and the local area with evidence towards ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’ recorded. In KS1, several learning projects each year are history-based, although subject content is interwoven throughout most learning projects. Children are encouraged to imagine what life would have been like in different historical periods and ask key questions. In KS2, many of the learning projects are built upon a history theme. This enables us to plan enrichment activities and performances with a strong history link, e.g. Anglo-Saxon Day and the Mayan Museum.