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History

History

Intent

History is the study of past and present civilisations and people. At Great Missenden, we believe that the children should develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on historical heritage. History at Great Missenden is concerned with stimulating the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past and are living in the present. Within Great Missenden School, history plays an important part of teaching the children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach the children to investigate these past events and, by so doing, develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.

Implementation

At Great Missenden School our intention is to provide quality teaching and learning of history. There is a variety of opportunities for children to extend their learning both in and out of the classroom through:

 

  • Project based learning
  • Topic days 
  • School trips in all year groups
  • Interactive learning 
  • Role play activities 
  • Cross curricular activities 
  • Listening to stories and memories from older people
  • Guest speakers in assemblies 
  • Exciting resources such as photographs and videos

Impact

To truly understand the impact of our History curriculum, you have to come and see us!

To measure the impact, we have clear end points identified using termly assessment statements. Staff are therefore fully aware of the expectations of all children. We use formative assessment in every History lesson. This is usually done in lessons by cumulative quizzing at the start of every lesson based on their previous learning.  This information can then be used to inform their short-term planning and allows the children to revisit their previous learning before moving on to explore new concepts.

 

 At the start of each topic, each year group organises a ‘hook day’ which inspires the children to want to learn more. Within this day, the children complete a cold task for the teacher to assess their prior learning. The topic is concluded with a ‘celebration day’ and a hot task to celebrate all of their achievements and learning throughout the topic. This also allows both the teacher and children to see just what they have learnt by the end of their learning journey. 

 

Every topic in history at Great Missenden allows children to explore the impact of the past through creative lessons.

 

The pupils of Great Missenden are HISTORIANS. History is a chance for the children to enjoy learning all about the past and thinking about what impact that has on our lives and the world around them now.

 

Pupil Voice Impact Analysis

Year 1: "History is all about things like the dinosaurs and world war and other things that have happened in the past."

 

Year 2: 'I love learning about History, it is so fun and I get to learn all about what has happened in the world.'

 

Year 3: " In History, I enjoy learning about the past. It is really interesting to find out more about what has impacted us today."

 

Year 4: "I loved learning about the Victorians, we had a great lesson where we pretended we were Victorian children."

 

Year 5: " I liked learning about Black History Month because we can reflect on those people who weren’t treated fairly and learn more about the difference they have made."

 

Year 6: “I find History really interesting. We learn about how different life was in the past."

 

History at Great Missenden allows children to explore the past to look at the present. They leave ready to explore the impact that has been made on the world around them and how they can strive to make a positive impact for the future.

A timeline of Britain and the World's History by the staff at Great Missenden School

Great Missenden's Poppy Competition!
How did Great Missenden Celebrate Black History Month?

'We All Belong' by Natahlie and Alex Goss read by the staff at Great Missenden School

Here is the story that the Staff of Great Missenden told in celebration of Black History Month!

News and events 

Creating Schools 

Over the last couple of weeks, children in year 3 and 5 have been creating their own schools. The children were inspired by the blueprints which we found in History club and wanted to create their own! The teaches have been blown away by their creativity and would like to share some of the children's work below. 

History Open Afternoon July 2019

It has been an extremely exciting year at Great Missenden School as we have seen the opening of our brand new building. Therefore, 2019 is a year that will inevitably go down in the schools rich history. Since Christmas, the History club have been looking through old boxes, preparing and archiving documents all related to the building works that have gone on through the years. On July 4th, the club had the fantastic opportunity to present their findings to parents. The club did an amazing job, speaking loudly and clearly and really blowing the audience away with their deep understanding of when the school was founded. There was then an opportunity for the guests to walk around the school to watch classes in action who were all doing a history activity with their teachers. 

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