Welcome to History at Faith Primary Academy 

Our History co-ordinator is Miss Allen

Our Vision

At Faith Primary Academy, we can all be historians. We provide a well-rounded curriculum that not only imparts knowledge of significant historical events but develops an understanding of the impact of these events on societies and cultures. Our curriculum is designed to ignite curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and promote empathy towards diverse historical perspectives. Furthermore, we aim to develop pupils’ skills in historical analysis, interpretation, and research, enabling them to become active, engaged citizens with a strong sense of identity and appreciation of theirs and others heritages.

At Faith, we use a topic-based approach to develop historical skills and to encourage children to work as historians. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; providing a broad and balanced curriculum; ensuring the development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to study life in the past. This is done through the use of the Rising Stars scheme of learning in KS1 that teach History every other half term and through Opening Worlds every half term in KS2.

Through our curriculum, the History topics will help children to gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change; as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. This will be done by using a range of resources that will bring history to life and include photographs, diaries, newspaper articles, music and handling real artifacts from the past. Excursions and visiting experts will enhance the learning experience. 

Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history. 

The impact of our History curriculum is measured through a range of different strategies:

  • Lesson observations
  • Monitoring of History books
  • Learning walks
  • Pupil voice

The ultimate impact and measure of the History curriculum at Faith is to ensure that our children are equipped with historical skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. The children’s knowledge and understanding are assessed against the 2014 National Curriculum statements for History. This is both ongoing, to inform future planning, and summative to share with staff, leaders and parents. This ensures lessons are well matched to the needs of the children, and by the end of each key stage, content within the National Curriculum is covered to prepare pupils for the next phase. Outcomes in History books evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about History, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences – both immediate and in the future.