Why do we Teach History?
At Wildground Federation, we aim to give our pupils the skills to view historical events analytically and with curiosity. Our aim is to look at a range of events from the past and for them to form their own opinions as to why these events might have happened as they did and how this might have shaped the world that they currently live in. Pupils will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with intention to improve every students’ cultural capital, understanding of the world around them and their own heritage. We have designed our History curriculum with the intent that our children will:
- Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers
- Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other important periods of History
- To discover links and connections to the History they learn and the wider community and locality
- Further their knowledge and explanations of change and continuity over time with regards to the history of the British Isles and other societies and epochs
- Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ
- Draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught History
- Enquire in to Historical themed questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past.
How do we teach History?
At Wildground federation, History is taught through continuous provision in EYFS. In KS1, the Historical skills focus on the world around them and their living memory of History before moving to events that go beyond living history. This will ensure a firm foundation for KS2 History. In KS2, the History curriculum is set out in chronological order. Each class will study at least two periods in history and will discuss how one period has influenced the following ones so that they can see how history informs the present. Lessons are planned so that pupils are able to view primary and secondary sources and to analyse what we can learn from these and what interpretations we can make about past events. Children are encouraged to debate and analysis differing viewpoints and to accept that, although there will always be uncertainties in history, they can use evidence to draw their own conclusions and to argue to support these using the evidence available.