We aim to make History an enjoyable learning experience. At Moor Hey we teach British History, European and World History. The following concepts underpin our study of History:
- Chronological understanding – using dates that describe historical periods and analysing the characteristic features of periods and societies.
- Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity – understanding the experiences and ideas in past societies.
- Change and continuity – within and across periods of history.
- Cause and consequence – analysing and explaining historical events.
- Significance – considering the significance of historical events in the past and present day.
- Interpretation – understanding how people form interpretations of historical events.
The following skills and processes are needed to enable our pupils to learn and make progress in History:
- Historical inquiry – identify and investigate historical issues and reflect critically on historical questions or issues; devising their own questions to structure an investigation.
- Using evidence – identify, select and use a range of historical sources, and evaluate the reliability and value of those sources, to reach reasoned conclusions.
- Communicating about the past – present historical accounts using chronological conventions and historical vocabulary. Communicate their knowledge and understanding of historical events – developing writing, speaking and listening skills as they recall, select, classify and organise historical information.
- In EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2, History is taught alongside Geography in a Topic based format. Pupils will complete a History topic in one half term and then Geography a topic the next half term.
- In Key Stage 3, year 7 and Year 8 pupils have one alternate 55 minute History/ Geography lesson each week on an alternate basis between the two subjects. In Year 9 the pupils are studying for the History ASQA units and have 2 55 minutes lessons a week.
For pupils to have a varied and stimulating curriculum, and to develop an understanding of the world around them based on previous events.
Humanities and Links to Other Subjects
- Using a wide range of different kinds of texts from various religious, historical and geographical sources.
- Focus on both speaking and listening and reading and writing to develop pupils’ literacy skills.
- Having written methods to record knowledge.
- Collecting data and recording data
- Tally charts and graphs
- Using measures
- Use of the internet to investigate, analyse and evaluate different aspects and issues.
- Use digital cameras and video to bring authentic images into the classroom to support discussion.
- Use presentation software to communicate a personal response to a discussion.
- Record and write reports and power-points to show knowledge and understanding.
- Produce graphs and charts.
- Google maps
- Year 9 History is an Online Course.
- Pupils will explore geological phenomenon and consider the impact of our choices with regards to energy resources.
- Pupils will investigate how our scientific understanding has developed over time and learn about key individuals who have moved our understanding forwards.
- Developing pupils’ knowledge and understanding about the diversity of identities in the UK and the need for mutual respect.
- Encourage understanding of the origins of ethnic and cultural diversity.
- Enabling pupils to think about topical issues including the importance of resolving conflict fairly.
- Exploring the rights, responsibilities and duties of citizens locally, nationally and globally.
- Enabling pupils to justify and defend orally, and in writing, personal opinions about issues, problems and events.
Personal, Social and Health Education
- Developing confidence and responsibility.
- Learning about right and wrong, and what is fair and unfair.
- Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle by learning about religious teachings on drug use and misuse, relationships and human sexuality.
- Learning about sensitivities in relation to sex education – consider and express their own views.
- Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people – challenging racism, discrimination and offending behaviour.
- Considering issues of marriage and family life and encountering people whose beliefs are different from their own.