We are passionate about History at Portway Primary. Studying history gives pupils the opportunity to develop an understanding of why the world and its people are the way they are today. They begin to ask questions as they explore the diversity of human experience, past lives and societies. At Portway, children develop an understanding of how History has had an impact on our lives today both locally, nationally and internationally. Lessons are planned so that there is time for discussion and debate, fostering an environment of enquiry which enables children to revise and justify their opinions as well as encouraging children to ask and answer questions about the past.
Our History Curriculum develops the essential characteristics of historians:
The History curriculum is designed to help pupils form a History Mental model within their long-term memories.
Schema theory states that all knowledge is organised into units. A mental model is, therefore, a conceptual system for understanding knowledge.
Our History Mental model is a way of organising History substantive and disciplinary knowledge in a meaningful way; it is an appreciation of how facts are connected and the ways in which they are connected. It is distinct from information, which is just isolated facts that have no organisational basis or links.
Big deas help form the basis of the mental model. Big Ideas are key concepts that underpin the subject. There are two Big Ideas in History:
Ecah Big Idea has knowledge strands which help to strengthen the mental model. Learning knowledge in each of the strands allows pupils to express and demonstrate their understanding of the Big Idea, which gradually develops as pupils return to them over and over again.