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Barnes Farm Infant School

Barnes Farm Infant School

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History Curriculum 2020 - 2021

During the Autumn Term the children in Barnes Farm Infants have been busy learning lots about the past! In Year 2 the topic was The Great Fire of London and the children enjoyed a fully cross curricular and immersive experience. They used Mantle of the Expert to help them imagine what life would have been like. Year 1 compared toys across the decades in their Toytastic topic, finding out that some toys have stood the test of time, whilst the materials toys are made from has changed over time. They were horrified to see how unsafe toys from the past could be! 

During the Spring Term, it was the Reception children's turn to think about the past as they enjoyed finding out about dinosaurs, including making their own fossils. 


Understanding the World - Early Years Reception

History -Key Stage 1

What we aim to achieve through our History Curriculum, the schemes we follow and why...

* For all learners we aim to create interest, enjoyment and engagement in learning about History. 

* Children who can engage in a process of enquiry based learning.

* We aim to develop the skills such as comparing and evaluating historical evidence that the children can take forward in to Key Stage 2.

* The National curriculum aims and objectives are followed, BFIS curriculum map  

* Children’s interest and high engagement.

* Practical activities relevant to children’s interests.

* Development of historical skills- identification of evidence, evaluation of evidence and historical vocabulary.

How our History Curriculum is delivered...

* Topic themed and cross curricular 

*Mantle of the expert

* Blocks of topic work across a term.

What difference is our History Curriculum making?  What assessments we use? How we track progress...

Progress is tracked using Target Tracker, book looks and pupil voice.

Ways We Celebrate History...

* Trip to the Braintree Museum

* Class assemblies

How our History Curriculum meets the needs of all Learners...

* Practical activities to interest and motivate. 

* Clear expectations for what children will record ie. Number of sentences, photos, scribing.

* Pre-teaching of vocabulary.

* Extended questioning, research challenges.