‘We seek to transform the lives of our children within a Christian environment, nurturing the wellbeing of each child, promoting the highest academic achievement and instilling a lifelong love of learning.’
God’s plans for us are limitless. He knows us best and plans for us to reach our unique and individual potential, shaped in the palm of His hand. This potential may reveal itself when we least expect it, just like God’s love being revealed to us. We believe that we are shaping children, not just in the present, but also for the future – enabling them to be global citizens in God’s rapidly changing world.
In our teaching of History, we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of chronology through an exploration of different periods of time and how they connect. We want to empower them with a thorough understanding of Britain’s past as well as that of the local and wider world. This will cover local, regional, national and international history. Our historians will be able to do this by being exposed to both primary and secondary sources where they will be taught to think critically about evidence in order to create their own perspectives and form their own judgements. As well as considering the source of the information provided and the validity this has. In order to help our pupils, appreciate and value their world today, we compare and contrast different times and cultures with their modern-day life experience. We encourage children to ask historical questions and develop their skills of historical enquiry.
Aims of History
- To develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of chronology.
- To critically explore primary and secondary sources
- To develop their own perspectives and judgements
- To ask historical questions
- To develop their historical enquiry skills
- To gain and understanding of how life was during different periods of time
- To gain an understanding of how historical events have impacted modern day living
- To encourage pupils to appreciate and value the world today
- To compare and contrast life during different periods of time.
- To widen the vocabulary of historical terms
- To develop a concept of when, where and why things happened
Children will produce a variety of different pieces of work which will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. They will participate in a sequence of lessons with a historical focus, producing a range of evidence, including, written work, role play and reflective dialogue. Enquiry based questions that are engaging, relevant and appropriate will be established at the beginning of each topic that will then allow children to ask and answer historical questions and develop their research skills. This will further develop their understanding of chronology and key concepts and give them the skills and understanding to be able to answer questions about change, causation and significance. Children will be given the opportunity to build on their knowledge by connecting and contrasting different periods of time. They will also begin to understand how different sources help to provide evidence. Children will learn about change and continuity over time whilst making connections and analysing the significance of different periods and influential people in history. In order for our historians to transfer this learning into their long-term memory we will revisit and recall previously learned knowledge at the start of each new topic. This will encourage links between different periods of time and links to the present time so that comparisons can be made. The recall of knowledge will be supported by knowledge organisers which will include the key knowledge and vocabulary and skills required in order to be successful. Where possible there will be a clear sequence to the history topics to further enhance the chronological understanding the children will develop.
Outcomes in history books evidence a broad and balanced curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Children will develop an understanding of important people throughout history, the history of Great Britain, their local community and the wider world. Through discussions and research children will be able to develop a chronological understanding of various periods in time, this will help them to develop an understanding of time.