We aim to develop children’s chronological knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history inspiring each child’s curiosity to know more about the past. Children are encouraged to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They begin to devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information and use historical sources to aid them in understanding that our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
We teach history through cross-curricular topics which make the links to geography and science explicit, carrying out research as well as reading and writing in historical contexts inspired by novels, non-fiction texts and poetry. We also explore mathematical links to historical periods including dates and Roman numerals. Many of our school trips, such as our recent Year 5 visit to Leeds Castle and the Year 1 visit to the V&A Museum of Childhood, and our enrichment days and experiences, including the Year 3 Egyptian Day and Year 4 Roman Day, enhance our teaching of history.
Our curriculum enables children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between the different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of our time.