The school aims to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past and promote their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, preparing them for the opportunities and responsibilities for later life.
The history curriculum at MPS is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy.
The history curriculum at MPS aims to ensure all pupils:
- Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past
- Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement
- Begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
At MPS, history topics are informed by the national curriculum and are taught through a range of engaging, stimulating and inspiring Cornerstone topics. Children are exposed to:
- A range of teaching materials (e.g. photographs, online links, eye-witness accounts, books, role-play and videos) which ensures they have primary and secondary sources of information to develop a broad understanding of the past.
- Topic hooks are used in order to engage and stimulate the children.
- Workshops and trips provide opportunities for children to deepen their understanding.
The impact is measured by:
- Collating pupil and staff voice, which ensures learning can be tailored to children’s needs and interests.
- Book monitoring and end of topic assessments which demonstrate clear differentiation and progress throughout the year groups.
- Homework projects allow parents to get involved and support their children at home and show independent research and learning.