An education in History should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. It is important that pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. They should have a rich understanding of previous events so that they are able to generate questions and conversations that will enable to deepen their knowledge of history and apply this across other areas of the curriculum.
It is our belief that high-quality History lessons encourage critical thinking skills, the ability to collate evidence, immerse in discussions and allows pupils to develop perspective and judgement. Our History curriculum also enables children to gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background.
We are not makers of history, we are made by history.
Martin Luther King
The aims of our History teaching are to enable children to:
- to foster in children an interest in the past, and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
- to enable children to know about significant events in British history, and to appreciate how things have changed over time;
- to develop a sense of chronology;
- to know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child’s citizenship education;
- to understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture, and to study some aspects of European history;
- to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
- to help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
- to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.