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History

‘Enquire and Aspire’

 

At Christ Church Primary we believe the study of History inspires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live and that of the wider world.

 

We will teach children the skills to be a good historian: how to research and gather information, develop their skills of enquiry and analysis as well as starting to question information gathered and its reliability. We believe that educational visits linked to historical study enhance and enthuse pupil’s learning by bringing to life classroom knowledge.

 

Our vision is that pupils leave Christ Church Primary with an enquiring mind that has developed a chronological knowledge of key historical periods and facts, combined with knowledge of significant individuals who have helped shape society as it is today. Our vision is that this knowledge will help pupils make more informed life choices and aspire to be open-minded citizens who make a valuable contribution to society.

History in the National Curriculum

 

We aim for the children to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the past, be able to place events in chronological order, an appreciation of the impact of change, and an awareness of life in our past and that of other civilisations and cultures.  We also believe that the school community can be enriched by some of the values taught through history, such as the acceptance of different viewpoints and an appreciation of our common heritage. 

 

 

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
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