At Broadway Junior School, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. We want children to enjoy and love learning about
History by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum, but forms the basis of cross-curricular work throughout the term. A range of subjects such as: Geography, Art, D.T, PSHE, R.E and Music are built around the stimulus the History topic brings.
At Broadway Juniors, we ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences which often require learning outside of the classroom. For example, bringing Stone Age to life in Year 3 by building mud huts in our outdoor area and creating replica art work, to visiting a real, local Roman Fort in Year 4, spending a day discovering the incredible world of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria at Jarrow Hall in Year 5, and stepping back in time into the Victorian Era in Year 6 at Beamish.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Broadway Junior School are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.