History is not just a lesson where simple facts and dates are learnt, but an opportunity to become detectives who explore the past in exciting and creative ways. Children learn how the past has shaped our present and how the present will impact on our future. History allows children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, make arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
History is taught using an enquiry based approach and delivered through a topic based curriculum. Children are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of sources. We encourage first-hand experiences through handling real artefacts and arranging trips to relevant sites of historical interest or bringing in specialists for in-school workshops. Our aim is to expand children’s research skills and teach them to be open minded and enquiring thinkers.
Children in Key Stage 1 learn about the past and begin understand where people or events that they are studying fit within a chronological time frame. They also begin to understand the similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
Children in Key Stage 2 develop a more secure knowledge and understanding of local and world history. They will become more astute in placing people and events into a chronological timeframe. Children will also be able to detail connections and contrasts in lessons across the periods they study.