Alongside important historical knowledge, children are encouraged to develop transferable skills they can use across the curriculum and in later life, such as asking perceptive questions, thinking critically and weighing up evidence. Also, by stimulating their interest in other times and places, children develop an awareness of themselves in relation to their community and the part they can play in it.
Throughout the year look out for our ‘theme’ days which allow the children to be immersed in the learning within a rich and effective environment. Staff and children will ‘become’ people from different times and places, researching costume, culture, beliefs and origins extending their engagement beyond the classroom.
Across our two schools, we not only teach Historical facts and dates, but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through a topic based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.
History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills.
We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arrange field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the region, or invite in specialists for in-school workshops.