The aims of history in our school are to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
History and SMSC
As we study different events in both our local, national, European and international history we aim to help children to consider not just the event but the social and emotional effects that these events would have had on people at that time. We consider and discuss the moral purpose behind learning from history, especially pertenant as we focussed on the 100 year anniversary of World War 1, children read and reflected on poetry written by soldiers and considered what it would have been like to be in the trenches and far away from home. As global citizens we teach children about different countries and cultures through stories, poetry, drama, artwork, artefacts, music, visitors into school and visits. We consider why we have voting and elections in school as well as the national elections and learn about Democracy through our studies of Ancient Greece.