History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. History fires the children's curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people's actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. In history, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view - skills that are prized in adult life.
- To know more and remember more and so increase children’s cultural capital as they learn about historic events and how they have impacted upon society
- To understand that history is a study of the past.
- To stimulate a curiosity and interest in the past.
- To introduce children to sources and how to examine them.
- To understand that our present has been shaped by the past.
- To develop an understanding of the concept of time.
- To gain and use terms associated with time.
- To encourage questioning and develop investigational skills.
- To provide natural links with other subjects.
- To develop a sense of worth in their own heritage.
- To increase children’s knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures.
- To help pupils develop a sense of identity through learning about the development of Local, European and World History.