The History Curriculum at Cogenhoe is designed so that children develop history knowledge and understanding of historical periods within their long-term memories. A wide breadth of topics are covered in an engaging way to explore key concepts. These concepts are: investigate and interpret the past; build an overview of world history; understand chronology and communicate historically.
We consider the background of our pupils to give them appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities. We use and explore local history to give children a deeper awareness and understanding of where they are from. Our “Project Conquer” celebrates Northampton’s shoe industry past and enables our pupils to leave our school feeling proud of where they come from and have an appreciation of its impact and importance on our lives today.
Cognitive science tells us that working memory is limited and cognitive load is too high if we rush children through content; therefore, we belive and ensure that our children are able to master the basics first.
All of our classroom based learning is further enhanced by our “Weeks To Wow”, “Fabulous Finishes” and memorable trips and visits which help to bring our History curriculum to life!
We use the Chris Quigley Curriculum Companion which organises the breadth of study for each year group with a focus on specific knowledge categories.
Learning is most effective with spaced repetition; each year progresses on the previous, enabling children to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts. Retrieval of previously learnt content is a frequent and regular feature of all history lessons.
The learning is brought to life by the use of drama, real artefacts , exploration and visitors.
Learning is a change in long term memory, therefore it is impossible to see impact in the short term. Through POP tasks, our children move through basic, advancing and deep understanding of the knowledge categories. Children complete POP tasks (proof of progress) at the end of a micro-topic (knowledge web) to show their learning. Through repetition of the key concepts, children connect topics together and revisit knowledge categories in many ways. Children connect knowledge and build an understanding of the history of Britain and the wider world.