At The Observatory School, it is our intent to instil a love of History in our children. The History department works hard to provide an interesting and varied curriculum that interest and intrigues our children while meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically
History is taught across Key Stage 2 and 3 and is delivered by our Base Teachers.
We believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By doing so, we develop children with the following essential characteristics:
|The Observatory School currently delivers history lessons to its KS2 and KS3 pupils. We maintain strong links to the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills of History are being taught across the relevant year groups, focusing on historical events from the local area, British history and events from around the world. Due to the differentiating needs of the students and missed gaps from prior learning, there is a focus on revisiting key parts of the primary curriculum to develop student’s chronological understanding of events and recognising how events and changes through history have impacted the world it is today.
Through our teaching, the use of artefacts and visits we aim to enhance our students understanding and excite and intrigue them to find out more about people and events from the past.
History is taught on a topic basis, which in some classes will link across the curriculum with another subject. Topics are taught on a termly basis, with one lesson of History being taught per week.