Our Lady Queen of Heaven History Curriculum
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, we believe in a curriculum that underpins and promotes
the school’s culture and aims -
a curriculum for the whole child.
“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person.
And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints….” Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven, our school’s curriculum stems from our Mission Statement:
“We are inspired, strengthened and encouraged by our Catholic faith.
We place Jesus at the centre of everything we do and say, listening to Him with our hearts.
We spread love everywhere we go, valuing and caring for each other.
We strive to be the best learners we can, using and celebrating our God given gifts.”
“For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name” Luke 1: 49
In History we widen and deepen the essential knowledge, skills and understanding of learners in a variety of ways.
Learners are encouraged to share and reflect upon their own place and role within society which helps to develop their self-esteem. Through building and developing relationships, learners are able to recognise the importance of mutual respect. Learner’s develop their awareness of empathy and compassion through discussing, questioning and reflecting on topics being learnt. Links with the local community enables learners’ to understand, challenge and reflect upon changes within society. At school, we emphasise the importance of learners’ understanding their role as a citizen in modern Britain; appreciating differences and similarities; showing tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; being inspired by role models and having ambition to develop their own integrity and self-belief in the world we live in. Across the school at Our Lady’s an awareness of learners’ responsibility as a global citizen is paramount in History lessons; how can learners’ contribute positively to the world around them. Learners’ are continuously encouraged to take risks, solve problems and become self-motivated.
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
We believe in quality teaching and learning. The aim for our learners is to have a fully encompassing creative curriculum, which engages their imagination and encourages the next steps in their learning. Our subjects are planned in Learning Topics and, wherever possible, seek to involve the learners and their interests in planning.
Each Topic Experience takes appropriate objectives from the National Curriculum and they are then taught creatively to make even the most abstract of ideas real to the children. Each Topic Experience has an exciting start to 'hook' the learners in and ends with a purposeful outcome. Throughout the Topic Experience, learners are encouraged to think about what they are learning, why they are learning it and how they will be able to apply these new skills in a meaningful context. The creativity is backed up by a rigorous set of basic skills.
Cornerstones Education has taken Topic Experiences and mapped out the National Curriculum across each Key Stage and ensures that learners work towards achieving the Programmes of Study outcomes by the end of each Key stage. Using the Cornerstones Topics, teachers are provided with guidance to ensure that can play their part in providing a well thought through broad and balanced curriculum within their year group and how this fits in within the learners whole school experience. One of the key aims of using this vehicle for our curriculum is to create excited and enthusiastic learners, who have been taught to explore ideas, take risks, solve problems, be inspired as well as inspire those around them, within meaningful contexts. Choosing topics carefully and planning to suit the needs to each cohort of learners: preparing learners who will are able to make positive contributions now and in the future; learners who feel confident to take risks and take their own learning forward; learners who explore ideas and are questions and self-motivated.
Key Stage 1
Changes in living memory
Events beyond living memory that a significant eg Fire of London
Lives of significant people and compare aspects of life in different periods eg. Nightingale
Significant historical events, people, places in their own locality
Key Stage 2
Changes in Britain from Stone to Iron Age
Roman Empire and impact
Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
Viking and Anglo-Saxons
Study of a theme/aspect that goes beyond 1066
Achievements of earliest civilizations – Ancient Egypt
Non-European Society in contrast to British History – Mayan Civilizations