Coordinators - Mrs Mackay & Miss Taylor
History at Morpeth Road Primary Academy aims to stimulate and develop the children’s interest and foster a sense of wonder about the past.
We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity, and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. They then learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. In our school history makes a significant contribution to citizenship education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
History is also developed in literacy, numeracy and ICT.
The children in the Early Years Foundation Stage children will be given opportunities todevelop in children a keen interest in and desire to learn about the world in which they live.
History is taught through topics in each year group which helps to maintain the children's interest and enthusiasm.
Teaching and learning styles
History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources. In each key stage we give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance. For example, we visit The Great North Museum, Segedunum, Centre for Life, and Beamish. We recognise and value the importance of stories in history teaching, and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past. We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways, and that they should always ask searching questions, such as ‘how do we know?’, about information they are given.
We recognise that in all classes children have a wide range of ability in history, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this by:
• setting tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
• setting tasks of increasing difficulty, some children not completing all tasks;
• grouping children by ability in the room, and setting different tasks for each ability group;
• providing resources of different complexity, depending on the ability of the child;
• using classroom assistants to support children individually or in groups.
• pairing children with different abilities e.g. higher ability child supporting lower ability child.
Our history lessons are cross-curricular and topic based. To see which topics we cover at Morpeth Road, please click here.
If you would like any more information about History, please speak to Mrs Mackay or Miss Taylor.