Our History subject leader is Miss McKevitt. Miss McKevitt says:
"I love history! I've always been interested in learning about the past, and at university I studied politics with history. I still have my whole collection of Horrible History magazines from when I was younger! I love learning about WWI and I've visited the battlefields of France & Belgium to learn more about it."
The History Curriculum at Owston Park
Our history curriculum is designed to inspire and ignite children's curiosity about the past and develop their understanding of historical individuals, events and movements. Our bespoke curriculum has been designed around the needs of our children - to develop their sense of identity and help them to make sense of the world in which they live. History teaching at Owston Park should prepare children to think critically, question, evaluate sources of information and justify their arguments. Our history curriculum is taught chronologically in KS2 in order to develop children's understanding of the key concepts which are visited and revisited throughout children's learning journeys. We have recently streamlined our history curriculum to give us opportunity to look at fewer topics in much more depth. History lessons at Owston Park are taught discretely, to ensure children are aware of how the knowledge and skills they are learning fit into the bigger picture of their learning journey. History lessons are knowledge rich, and our bespoke curriculum has been carefully designed to provide opportunities for children to revisit and build upon their prior learning, through vertical links (learning linking to learning in a prior year group) and horizontal links (learning from other topics or other subjects within their year group). Vocabulary is explicitly taught in history to enable children to develop an understanding of key concepts, which are covered in multiple year groups to ensure prior knowledge is being built on and pupils' understanding of the world is developing. History lessons provide opportunities for children to develop core skills - children are encouraged to use maths to work out intervals of time or plot population data from different periods on a graph for example, and children are given opportunities to read a variety of sources of evidence and write at length during history lessons. All children are provided with opportunities to access greater depth activities in history.
Here is our Owston timeline. Our timeline is on display in every classroom to reinforce the important of chronology in history lessons, and showcases all the topics which we learn about - key events in KS1 and key periods in KS2.