History is the “story” of the past. History is about people and the development of society over time. It involves finding out about events of personal, local, national and international significance. The study of History helps us to build up a picture of the past through listening to recounts/stories, and the study of maps, documents, pictures and artefacts. Skills that are developed through the study of History include the interpretation of evidence, appreciation of chronology, application of empathy and presentation of knowledge.

Aims

To help children understand the concept of ‘past’, and begin to relate events to dates and times;

To develop understanding of the present in the context of the past;

To arouse curiosity about the past, and encourage questioning and speculation;

To help children develop a sense of identity, through understanding their cultural roots and personal/shared inheritance;

To develop understanding and awareness of various cultural backgrounds;

To find out about the past by using a range of sources of evidence;

To promote and develop historical skills, including argument, hypothesis, chronology, sequencing, awareness or points of view and bias, observation, evaluation, research, comparison, deduction and role-play.

Teachers will: provide opportunities to develop first-hand experiences, encouraging exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion.They will share clear learning objectives with the children using a range of teaching styles to incorporate direct teaching,a high proportion of whole class oral/mental sessions,group/paired work,individual work,engaging pupils in differentiated activities where appropriate They will use a range of resources including ICT;integrate, wherever possible, the teaching of History into a cross-curricular theme; wherever possible, arrange off-site visits, the handling of artefacts, or the use of visitors into the school.Theywill try to include a variety of cultures and gender into the teaching of History; monitor and assess during lessons to ensure understanding. This will often be informal, but will help to inform future planning and review children’s progress and attainment.

 

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