At Birchwood Junior School, we aim to give our children a humanities curriculum, which enables them to become confident, creative and independent learners who can explore the use of different knowledge and skills throughout their learning. We seek to broaden children’s real-life experiences both inside and outside of school through educational visits, visitors, experimentation, exploration and discovery. Within lessons, our children acquire a range of knowledge and skills in both history and geography, which they can then apply to other subjects and in a variety of situations. Furthermore, it is our aim that through historical and geographical learning, children will become accountable citizens, understanding their role in protecting our world and environment and knowing how they can cause positive change and development as they grow.
Across the course of a year, each year group studies a variety of humanities topics. These are either history or geography focused to allow our learning to focus on core subject specific knowledge and skills. Links across and between subjects give children a broad base of knowledge, facts, vocabulary, real-life experience and contexts to use for learning. Both history and geography have identified key themes, which support children to make connections and links across the topics covered.
Studying History gives children the opportunity to develop an understanding of why the world and its people are the way they are today. Children are encouraged to ask and answer questions, evaluate evidence and present points of view on what they have learnt.
By the time children, leave Birchwood Junior children they will have a chronological understanding of History from Stone Age to present day and will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different periods and their own lives.
History is used to develop children’s chronological understanding using appropriate vocabulary and identifying different ways that the past is presented. Each History topic is carefully planned to allow regular opportunities for extended writing too. Based on the historical content they have been focusing on that unit, children will produce pieces of quality writing which are then marked according to our literacy guidelines. This enables them to use the vocabulary they have learnt creatively as well as familiarising them further with the range of writing types and genres they cover throughout the school. This is also an opportunity to consolidate writing skills and reapply them in an alternative and more independent context, this type of activity also allows the children to put themselves in the shoes of the historical characters they are learning about and approach their learning from a different perspective.
To be a Historian at Birchwood Junior School means you have:
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
- The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
- The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
- A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
- A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics
Here are some fantastic websites you can visit to help you learn about the past...