Understanding the past helps us create better futures.
History is not only about facts and dates, it encourages pupils to become detectives and explore the past in an exciting way. It helps us understand why people made the choices they did in the past, and how these decisions have impacted on our lives today. History opens the door to amazing things about our past; it cannot be taught in isolation and needs to be explored alongside a number of other subjects and ideas such as culture, economics, politics, geography and philosophy. For this reason we take a wide topic-led approach when learning about the past as part of our Learning Challenge Curriculum. We also, when possible, link Literacy and Maths to our Learning Challenge topic so children feel fully immersed in their learning. Using a range of sources pupils learn how far they can trust the information and learn about opinion, fact and bias. We try to bring the past to life by utilising role play, event days, trips and workshops for pupils.
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 arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the region or bringing in specialists for in-school workshops. Children also get to perform class assemblies based on their Learning Challenge topic.