At St Gabriel’s all students experience a rich curriculum of historical enquiry. History is taught within a creative curriculum approach where all children are given the opportunity to make meaningful cross-curricular links so our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and a deep understanding about Britain’s past and that of the wider world’
Through the teaching of history we support children to understand the process of change and the diversity of societies that have influenced these changes. Children improve their critical interpretation of key moments, places and people of the past to understand how the modern world has been shaped. We want children to understand the contributions that civilisations all over the world have made and make comparisons for a broader overview of local, British and world history. We intend for children to examine the ways in which we learn about the past both distant and recent and the lenses through which we come to understand about the past. Topics have been selected to help children make links and identify patterns across history and across societies and form their own opinions and critical thinking, employing the strategies and skills of historians.
At St Gabriel’s, we teach history through an enquiry based approach. We maintain strong links to the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills of History are being taught across all year groups. We use progression grids to ensure there is clear skills, knowledge and vocabulary progression throughout school. Historical enquiry allows our children to question, interpret, explain and communicate their reasoning as a historian. Each lesson is launched with an enquiry ‘big question’ – a question where the answer is unknown at the beginning of a series of lessons, but one that the children will be able to answer by the end. Within lessons, children will build and develop their knowledge as well as developing skills such as posing questions, thinking critically, considering evidence and evaluating arguments. We hope that these skills will support pupils to reflect on the constant process of historical change and the diverse nature of societies and relationships. As children move throughout the school, their knowledge grows across different time periods and they build upon and develop their learning from previous years.
All classes capitalise on our fantastic location and organise excursions to some of the amazing historical locations in and around London; Tower of London, British History Museum, Westminster Abbey etc. As well a wide variety trips, some classes arrange visiting specialists who operate themed events within the school, bringing history to life i.e. The study of ‘The Unknown Warrior’ with Westminster Archives.
Through consistent high quality teaching of History, our pupils are engaged and motivated in all lessons. Outcomes in topic and literacy books, evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. They are able to use a range of historical skills across topics and can confidently discuss themes from a range of viewpoints. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and are curious to know more about the past. Our pupils are able to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Class displays are rich in vocabulary and children are able to participate in high level discussions using new words with confidence
Because assessment for learning strategies are integrated throughout all lessons, standards in History match standards in other subject areas.