History Curriculum Statement
Our history curriculum has been designed to ensure children explore the past, whilst also learning from it, so that they are better equipped at dealing with their future. They gain an understanding of what it means to be British, learn about Britain’s past and how it has changed over time. They also develop knowledge about global civilizations, cultures and events.
History is our past and our future, we all need historical knowledge so we can inform our actions and face consequences in the future.
In school, we focus not only on key historical knowledge, but also how children perceive the events that led up to the modern day. We equip them with the confidence to ask perceptive questions, think critically, find evidence, identify arguments and develop good judgement. Through a stimulating curriculum, children explore historical inventors, authors, politicians, scientists, artists and local/national heroes and recognise that these people are like them.
Learning about real life role models from history allows children's dreams and ambitions to grow through their inspiring life stories.
Exploring different time periods, and developing subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, allows children to become inquisitive about exploring the past of our local area, the country and the world.
Children learn to see the importance of these events and how they have shaped the world we live in today.
Acquiring historical knowledge helps our children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. We aim to excite the children to develop an understanding of their own place in history and their past. Learning experiences are through individual and collaborative work using a creative and hands on approach to develop a knowledge of chronology within which children and young people can organise their understanding of the past.
Children develop the necessary skills to think about and question why events happen so they are better prepared for their futures.
The impact of our history curriculum is that our children are not only equipped with historical knowledge, but also a transferable set of life skills which help them build up resilience when searching for an answer, develop reflective practises when thinking about events and become more confident, creative and critical thinkers.
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British Values in History
The History classroom must be a democratic classroom where all pupils have an equal right to be heard and democracy is modelled by the teacher and expected of every pupil. Children will consider what it was like for individuals during different time periods and consider themselves in the positions of others and the concept of fairness.
Rule of Law
In History pupils examine different codes for living and consider the value of the rule of law where all people are equal before the law. Children throughout the history curriculum look at the role of parliament and taught how the rule of the law is fundamental to our society and the effects if it is ignored.
Children will explore their own individual liberty in terms of exploring their own career paths within History and surrounding the subject. Through looking at historical sources, children will balance past events through the lenses of peoples individual liberties against the balance of the greater good.
Mutual respect is taught and given when children are expressing their opinions and beliefs through different historical time periods. Children are taught and encouraged to show respect to each other’s beliefs, feelings and opinions by giving each child a forum to share these on with the expectation that these must be listened to. When discussing what it means to be British and how this is demonstrated in different historical time periods, children can celebrate our heritage whilst embracing the ties that bind us together.
Tolerance of Others
Children consider questions about identity and belonging when learning about different religious beliefs during different historical periods. When comparing people during different time periods and how they lived, children will consider the effects of religion on their lives and the impact on society.