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Roots to grow and wings to fly

Statement of Intent for History

Our history curriculum endeavours to ignite children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. By threading our locality into our history curriculum, our children are able to develop a sense of pride in where they live and gain an understanding of their local heritage and how it relates to the national story. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. Following our school vision, the roots of learning our children gain through our history curriculum enables them to fly and develop their own decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.

It is our aim that all children develop:

  • A secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered;
  •  The ability to think critically and communicate confidently to a range of audiences;
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources;
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, forming and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways;
  • Respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements;
  • Are prepared for the next stage of their educational journey.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. This ensures that skills and knowledge are retained and built on year by year. It is important that the children develop progressive skills of a historian throughout their time at By Brook Valley and do not just learn a series of facts about the past. In History, pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusion. To do this successfully, as historians, they need to be able to research, interpret evidence, including primary and secondary sources, and have the necessary skills to argue for their point of view; skill that will help them in their adult life.

We prioritise the teaching of historical vocabulary and children are given lots of opportunity to use the vocabulary in class discussions and in written work when answering the ‘big question’. We ensure the children have lots of exposure to historical vocabulary, either through knowledge organisers, wall displays, personal vocabulary books or word lists.