Learning History helps to foster an understanding of, and curiosity about the past. It is about learning how the past has influenced and shaped our lives, beliefs and customs and helps pupils to develop a sense of the world in which they live.
At our School, history is approached in a practical, child centred manner, where children are actively involved in in experiencing, investigating and exploring a range of sources of information about the past. Most importantly, we believe that it is crucial to begin this process directly from links to the pupils’ own experiences, interests and prior learning.
Some of those areas of historical knowledge and practice we aim to promote include:
  • developing a sense of the passage of time and chronology, recognising that some things change and some things stay the same.
  • the ability able to use, with increasing skill, words which relate to the passing of time
  • developing knowledge and understanding of how people lived in other times and how those times were different from today
  • developing an understanding of how and why events occur and how their outcomes are often linked to other events
  • encouraging the thoughtful use of a variety of sources to inform the pupils’ questioning about the past
  • recognising that there are some things about the past that we can never know and that history has to be constructed from bits of the past that have survived.
  • recognising that many historical questions remain unanswered and are open to individual interpretation
  • having the opportunity to communicate their awareness and understanding of history in a variety of ways