At Barley Croft we aim to bring history to life. This is achieved by planning clear, real world and purposeful lessons that immerse the children in realistic experiences both in school and on exciting educational visits. We ensure that the plans are linked to our REAL projects. Through this children are able to gain a real understanding of their place in history and concepts of when events happened in relation to each other. There will be opportunities for the children to learn about the history of their culture and their local community. The History curriculum is designed to ignite children's curiosity about the past. We are determined that alongside historical knowledge there will be a high focus on the development of specific historical skills to ensure children know more and remember more. We will ensure that they have the opportunity to reflect and talk about their new found knowledge.
History is delivered through our REAL project approach. REAL projects are the means by which we bring the National Curriculum and Barley Croft curriculum alive. It stands for ‘Rigorous, Engaging, Authentic Learning’ and we place importance on each of those elements in order to run a successful curriculum project. Each project culminates in a final product or event which showcases their learning. Children can talk about what scientific skills they have learnt within the project and how these have been used in the final outcome.
All skills are taught progressively during a two-year cycle and this is monitored at regular intervals throughout the year. Children are taught the knowledge and skills they need as part of REAL project lessons. It is made explicit to the children what they are learning. This builds on their previous knowledge and skills and how this contributes to the project. Children are assessed throughout the project using a range of methods and this is captured at two points in the year.
When children leave Barley Croft they will be able to;