History

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.”

History is the study of the past through enquiry. Asking and answering questions are at the heart of enquiry-based learning and encourage children to lead their learning using sources of evidence to answer their questions. History is delivered to all children from foundation to year 6.

Throughout the Foundation Phase, Knowledge and Understanding is taught as an integral part of a theme linked with other curriculum areas where possible. Teachers’ planning and delivery of lessons reflect the Foundation Phase ethos where pupils are encouraged to learn experientially. In the Foundation Stage, pupils’ learning of History is planned using the Framework for Children’s Learning document.

Children from years 1 to 6 follow the programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum document. In Key stages one and two, History is taught as the focus of a topic and may be combined, cross-curricular with other subjects. Each year group teaches at least two history focused units per year with other links made where appropriate.

By the end of Key Stage 2 children should be able to pose their own questions about the past and use research skills and source evaluation to generate a plausible answer to their question giving detailed reasons. Each year different skills are introduced and built upon so that children leave us prepared for independent study in secondary school.

History is taught by class teachers using a practical approach led by the child’s questions both in and outside of the classrooms. We study many periods throughout history and from across the world, from the Stone Age through to modern history such as World War 2. We have introduced many new topics in light of the New Curriculum 2014 which encourage children to find out about the history of Britain and how lives have changed over time. We also look specifically at the history of our local area of Bletchley to make the learning current and relevant for our children. Children are immersed in their learning using a range of approaches including handling artefacts, inviting figures from history in as visitors, watching and creating films, drama, art work and research. The children have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in other subjects such as written work.

We have a wide range of resources including books, computer programs, films, artefacts and games. If there is an opportunity to visit local museums or historical sites these will be incorporated into the learning experience to allow children to fully engage with life in the past and compare with how we live now.