We make history an enjoyable and thought-provoking learning experience which stimulates curiosity and fosters understanding. Teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians and history plays a significant part on our cross-curricular creative curriculum. We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources. We recognise and value the importance of stories in history teaching and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past. We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways and that they should always ask searching questions, such as ‘How do we know?’ about information they are given.
We give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance, encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their knowledge and experience of events in the past and arrange workshop visits from outside specialists.
Planning and Coverage
Pupils in each Key Stage cover the aims and subject content as set out in the National Curriculum. We plan using the Key Skills document for History, focusing on the five Key skills of:
Investigate: Undertake investigations and enquiries, using various methods, media and sources.
Analyse: Present and communicate findings in a range of ways and develop arguments and explanations using appropriate specialist vocabulary and techniques.
Communicate: Present and communicate findings in a range of ways and develop arguments and explanations using appropriate specialist vocabulary and techniques.
Consider and Respond: Consider, respond to and debate alternative viewpoints in order to take informed and responsible action.