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Additionally, you can find the National Curriculum at https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview or ask for a copy from the school office.
We use Focus History to ensure that we have a resource that ensures knowledge rich curriculum that meets the National Curriculum’s requirements.
It takes full account of metacognitive principles when planning activities and tasks. It is essentially a scheme of work which teachers can adapt as they see fit. However, the activities aim to provide pupils with exciting, interesting and motivating tasks.
The starting point is excellent quality literature to link the English learning with a specific history or geography focus. For example, ‘Lila and the secret of rain’ helps us focus on ‘a non-European country and compare it with our town or village’; the book ‘Viking Boy’ brings the Viking period to life.
Focus History is designed in such a way to ensure that the integrity of English, history and geography remain whilst providing natural links between them. The knowledge, skills and understanding of both English, history and geography are therefore of paramount importance as is the pedagogy that underpins the suggested activities. The resource is also set up in such a way that you could just use the history or the geography component without the English section.
One of the main aims is to improve pupils’ writing through history and geography as well as improving pupils’ knowledge of history and geography.
The resource comes as a series of 18 (three per year group) schemes of work. These schemes provide suggested activities, including links to the internet. One of the benefits is undoubtedly lessening teacher workload. The resources will arrive electronically, allowing teachers to print out parts as well as make any amendment they wish.
Each scheme is effectively broken into approximately six units. This covers half a term’s learning in both English and history/geography. Each of these units spells out what needs to be covered and provides learning activities that teachers could use as they stand or could modify as they required.
- Is knowledge-focused
- Focuses on metacognitive style of learning
- Demands more pupil questioning
- Helps with pupil research
- Improves writing across the curriculum
- Has a literature focus
- Ensure that pupils reflect frequently
- Provide exciting and pupil-motivating activities
- Link to assessment activities
- Works towards curriculum cohesion
- Helps to link with the community; parents; character education and British Values.
The impact will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of history. The learning environment across the school will be more consistent with historical technical vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through the use of history-specific home learning tasks and opportunities suggested in lessons and overviews for wider learning. We want to ensure that history is loved by teachers and pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of historical knowledge and understanding, now and in the future.