History Leader - Mrs Neal

History at Newton Hill Community School

At Newton Hill Community School, we encourage our pupils to be historians within our history lessons. We aim to ensure their learning is fun, interactive and challenging at the same time. We aim to inspire our pupils’ curiosity about the past and to help them understand that history is not only about remembering key dates and events but learning about the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies, the relationships between different groups, how the actions of others have shaped our modern lives today as well as their learn about their own identity and the challenges of their time.

We aim to provide high quality history lessons to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world. We want our pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.

History is taught in different topics throughout the year so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Topics are linked, wherever possible, to high quality texts in order to provide meaningful links in learning across the curriculum.

Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and these are mapped across the school, ensuring that the knowledge build progressively and that the children develop skills systematically so that they learn more, know more and remember more. Tasks are planned to provide appropriate challenge to all learners and are selected and designed so that the key history curriculum concepts are covered throughout the academic year. At the end of each topic, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and assessed by the teacher.