History is a subject whose importance and benefit to children cannot be overstated. Learning in history has the ability to create a bridge between today’s world and the many fascinating civilisations of the past, such as Ancient Greece, Anglo-Saxon Britain and the Vikings, which in turn sparks the curiosity of our pupils and encourages them to ask a wide range of thought-provoking questions. Learning about past events also provides pupils with an understanding of why the world, and specifically Britain, is how it is today: the developments of the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages; the democracy promoted in Ancient Greece; the Roman and Viking invasions of Britain and the impact of WWII.
How Do We Teach History?
As a school, we have invested in high-quality information texts in order for to pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding in history. These texts are used throughout each unit alongside direct instruction, guided practise and independent activities in order to achieve exceptional attainment within these subjects. The development of historical disciplinary skills: analysing, evaluating, researching, interpreting, critical thinking and reaching a final judgement or conclusion, is built into each year group. Learning is further supported by writing an analytical essay to answer a historical question at the end of each unit of learning to showcase each child’s understanding of a specific historical period.