Our curriculum at Broughton Primary School encompasses the following aims to meet the needs of our children and the Science curriculum is vehicle to bring these aims to life:
Aims of our curriculum
Within our six step enquiry model, teachers ensure there is a clear hook and outcome for each area of History studied. We also provide other opportunities to engage in their History learning in different contexts through our driver lessons. We believe children should be active in their learning and therefore ensure a range of teaching strategies to develop and embed conceptual understanding.
Children are encouraged to analyse and compare past events and challenge their own and others views using historical evidence from a variety of sources. Through their learning, children are given the ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
Children learn to have a desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertaken high quality research across a wide range of history topics. We endeavour to provide opportunities to celebrate diversity through our choices of key historical figures.
Through the use of timelines, we give children a context of when key historical events happened and how they shaped the world they live in today. Teachers consider the questions ‘Why this? Why now?’ to ensure relevance of learning. Throughout the school, locality is a golden thread, which we build upon cyclically.
Through the use of our six step enquiry model, we plan an interactive and engaging series of lessons, which maximise opportunities for children to learn in real life contexts. We plan exciting school visits to provide children with experiences that develop their understanding of historical contexts within our local environment and provide broad opportunities that complement and build on those within the school setting.
Teachers plan from the National Curriculum objectives, alongside progression of skills to ensure appropriate coverage of knowledge and skills throughout the year groups. This progressive, cyclical learning approach deepens the children’s understanding each time.
We have completed an extensive audit of our History curriculum and mapped out the progression of skills to ensure children revisit and build on prior learning throughout their time at Broughton. Topics are chosen based on what is relevant to the children and their locality. These then lead into our Golden Threads, which are continuously revisited to deepen understanding in this area.
Another key focus in our History Curriculum is chronology and ensuring children understand when key periods of time happened and how they relate to each other. We do this by the numerous timelines in and out of the school, including a personalised timeline which incorporates all historical time periods taught within the school, with opportunities to interact and add key events that they encounter when studying that time period.
We understand with a mixed year class that the knowledge needed by different aged children varies and therefore we have identified areas of key learning that children need to know and understand in each topic for each year group. Lessons are differentiated to suit the individual needs of the learners and tasks are adapted accordingly to ensure coverage of the key knowledge and skills identified for each year group.
By the time children leave Broughton Primary School at the end of Year 6, children are equipped with: