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Our Vision for History

‘A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge

and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. 

It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.’

(National Curriculum)

 

As our children learn about different eras in time, we strive to instil and engage their curiosity in history by equipping every child to:

  • ask perceptive questions
  • think critically
  • weigh evidence
  • sift arguments
  • develop perspective and judgement 

 

Life in all Fullness Through History

As we 'learn to live - life in all its fullness’, we strive to provide opportunities for our children to consider how aspects of people’s lives in the past have impacted how we live and work as a society today.  Our history curriculum supports children to understand:

  • the complexity of people’s lives
  • the process of change 
  • the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups
  • their own identity and the challenges of their time.

 

Inspired by our school motto 'Learn to Live', first founded in 1962, we strive for children to appreciate their role in history - understanding that history is ever building and changing.  As we learn and live through history, we seek to build excitement and curiosity - embracing new discoveries that allow us to reflect on our own sense of place, both past and present.

 

Our Aims in History

As stated in the national curriculum for history, we aim for all our children to:

 

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind 
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’ 
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses 
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed 
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

 

Skills and Values

We strive to embed our values in all areas of school life,

promoting them as a guide for flourishing in life and learning.

 

As historians, we:


CELEBRATE the achievements of the past and recognise how they have shaped the present day.


COLLABORATE to pose and answer questions, hypothesise and draw conclusions. 

 

RESPECT diversity as we place history into different contexts.


Have a RESPONSIBILITY to explore and develop a balanced view of historical events.


Look at how actions in the past SERVE us today.


Seek to discern the TRUTH about events that have shaped Britain and the wider world.

 

History Learning Journey

Through our history curriculum, children learn about the events and lives of people from various periods in British and global history: from the Stone Age through Ancient Civilizations and Empires to the Middle Ages and beyond. We study what working life was like for everyday people as well as looking at key individuals and how they influenced society then and now. 

 

Our children use skills as historians to uncover the impact these historical periods had on the people at the time and right up to the present day - engaging in the following enquiry cycle:

  • a hook lesson to engage and excite 
  • information gathering about their period of study
  • making sense of and processing information
  • drawing their own conclusions
  • developing understanding and perspective through new information
  • create a final outcome

Subject Lead: Mrs Huggett

Subject Governor: Margaret Taylor

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