We don’t view History as simply facts and dates, but see it as a chance to become a detective and explore the past in an exciting way. 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 and gives the children a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive. Children investigate and record their findings using a variety of media: through literacy, drama, art and ICT.
We want our children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers understanding cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and begin to make links between the past and modern times. We encourage first-hand experience wherever possible; visits, interactive workshops and visiting experts play an important role.
Within KS1 and KS2, History and Geography are taught within the Creative Curriculum. This means that teachers can use their professional judgement to determine the length of time that is spent on each topic. There are, however, many objectives for each topic that need to be taught to ensure outcomes are met. These objectives for each year group are taught within the time frame allowed for their topic.
Within the Foundation Stage, these two subjects are taught under the title of “Knowledge and Understanding of the World”. The children discuss and investigate places and people around the world. The key skills that are taught are then extended as the pupils move up the school.