Our high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.
Our aims for History are:
- To make History an engaging, informative and enlightening learning experience
- To develop a sense of chronology.
- To enable children to learn about the past and its influences on life today.
- To give children exposure to a range of sources of information and resources.
- To encourage the children to generate open ended questions which can be answered in a variety of ways.
- To incorporate the study of different societies, cultures, countries and classes in to lessons.
- To compare and contrast between different periods of history.
- To ensure that children are aware of the bias of interpretation of historical evidence and take this in to consideration.
History teaching focuses on the political, economic, social and cultural changes over time. This involves children’s active participation in enquiry, using ICT for whole class and independent research, in order to gather evidence to substantiate or refute historical evidence. Children will be given the opportunity to use a wide range of primary and secondary sources. These include books, pictures, paintings, photographs, film, printed sources, government records, diaries, genuine and replica artefacts, maps and oral evidence. Teachers will encourage the children to bring items of interest to school to stimulate discussion and to display in the classroom.These will be an integral part of learning. Work in History will be recorded in a variety of ways. Children’s work may include; recounts, diaries, stories, charts, graphs, pictures, posters, newspapers, comic strips, ICT, timelines, discussions, photographs, role-play, debates, interviews and constructed models.
In History, the fundamental skills of enquiry, investigation, research and presentation will be taught in accordance to the new National Curriculum (September 2014).
Contribution to other subjects
History contributes to many subjects within the Primary Curriculum by providing the children with a range of opportunities. For Example:
- use the skills of reading, writing, drama, speaking and listening
- debate historical questions
- present their findings to the rest of the class
- use numbers when developing a sense of chronology through doing activities such as time-lines
- interpret information presented in graphs, diagrams and data
- develop enquiry, investigative and evaluation skills
- present findings and conclusions using technical vocabulary
- use ICT to find and interpret written, photographic and video evidence
- develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural knowledge and an appreciation of how each of these enrich our society
- plan, design, construct and evaluate 3D models of historical buildings and artefacts
- produce artwork that reflect the prevailing techniques of a particular historical period
- give a range of opportunities to reflect upon and discuss their beliefs, feelings and responses to personal experience
- develop the skills of listening to and appraising music from a particular time period.