We believe in creating inquisitive historians who are able to make links between how the past has helped to create the world we know today. We awaken the children’s curiosity through engaging and practical lessons, bringing the past to life and encouraging them to become active and independent learners. We investigate the idea that history can be told from several viewpoints and that it is important to evaluate evidence in order to develop our own perspectives and judgement of events. We encourage children to think carefully and critically as they develop their own questions and research the past. We develop historical enquiry skills and build on knowledge gained in previous years to create an inquisitive historian, who has the building blocks of skills and knowledge in place to be able to assess and understand history.
We use a wide range of resources including workshops, drama and historical artefacts to inspire historical inquiry. We support this with a variety of history-based school trips to local museums, historical sights and places of historical interest. Wherever relevant, we think about British Values and how these impact on events from the past.
We aim to help the children develop their understanding of historical enquiry, including the use of evidence to make historical claims and how and why interpretations of the past may differ. Through the historical study of Britain and the wider world, we aim to develop children’s understanding of concepts such as chronology, continuity and change, cause and consequence and similarity and contrast.