At our school we believe that the study of history enables us to understand the present in the light of the past. It explores the record of human achievement in all its forms and also how that record has been gathered, analysed and interpreted. These two features of content and process are inseparable. Crucially, history pervades every aspect of our lives and cultures. In our school it is present in one form or another in every part of the curriculum.
Through our history curriculum our intent is to:
- Help children acquire historical knowledge and understanding of their own cultural roots and of other countries and cultures and therefore promote personal achievement.
- Help the children to understand the values of our society and develop respect for the values and opinions of individuals and groups regardless of origin, gender or creed within a framework of equality of opportunity.
- Help children to appreciate human achievement and aspirations and to understand the potential they have to offer to the development of society in general and individuals with whom they have contact.
- Help to train children’s minds by developing skills of enquiry, systematic analysis and the testing of evidence.
- Contribute to the development of basic skills in literacy, oracy, numeracy and information, communication, technology.
- Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and mental development of children at the school.
The key skills that we develop progressively across KS1 and KS2 are:
- Chronological understanding.
- Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past.
- Historical interpretation.
- Historical enquiry.
- Organisation and communication.