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History at Priestley


Raising Aspiration, Realising Ambition, Stimulating Curiosity.

At Priestley School, we aim to stimulate curiosity when looking at the past. We hope to help children gain knowledge of the history of Britain and the wider world. Through questions and practical experiences, we aim to encourage children to think critically, examine evidence before them and give their own arguments when discussing a part of history. We believe that understanding the past can help shape the minds of the future. By understanding the troubles of the past, the children will be able to put themselves in other’s shoes and become more sympathetic adults, encouraging them to Have Respect for All. Using trips and practical activities, children can immerse themselves in historical experiences. This helps place learning at the heart of everything we do. Exploring a time in history will happen through a sequence of lessons to ensure the children cover all of the national curriculum objectives whilst also broadening their understanding.


Placing learning at the heart of everything we do.

Throughout different topics, along our Priestley Pathway, historical skills will be used within a variety of lessons. The children will be looking at significant periods of time and well as memorable people of the past. Revisiting and consolidating skills between different topics will help children to build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills, knowledge and challenge. This will encourage the children to Think Things Through, Share Great Ideas and Stay Focused on their learning, past and present. Specific vocabulary will be introduced to the children through the vocabulary lists to assist with their historical exploration. At Priestley School, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of history and explore experiences in the past with curiosity and understanding.


Priestley and Proud

A variety of resources, display materials and practical experiences will assist the children when learning about history. Historical vocabulary will be used by teachers and learners. We want to ensure that historical skills are imbedded within the children and that they can draw upon those skills in future lessons throughout their schooling. Impact can also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, child-led assessment such as KWL grids, pupil conferencing and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning.

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