History is taught so that children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The history curriculum aims to fire pupil’s imagination and arouse a life-long curiosity of the past. Visits to museums and local historical sites bring the historical learning to life for the children. An enquiry approach is used and in lessons pupils are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and challenges of their time.
In Key Stage 1 pupils are taught to have an awareness of the past, use vocabulary relating to the passing of time, have a chronological awareness of the people and events studied, use historical terms, ask and answer questions using source material and show an understanding of the ways in which the past can be represented.
In Key Stage 2 pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Pupils are encouraged to note connections, contrasts and trends over time, use historical terms, devise valid questions, organise historical information to give an informed response and have an understanding that a range of sources are used to construct our knowledge of the past.