“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey
At Abingdon Primary School, our vision is to give children a history curriculum which enables the children to develop an awareness and knowledge of how past influences the present, what past societies were like and how their beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. Through this, children will learn historical skills and develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. Our aim is for children to develop and secure their history vocabulary through high-quality teaching and learning experiences, stimulating an interest in history to ensure life-long learners.
- Help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world;
- Inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past;
- Equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement;
- Help pupils understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity;
- Develop the children’s understanding of historical terms.
When planning and delivering history lessons, it is vital that the children have a good and deepening understanding of historical terms including language related to more abstract historical terms. Our aim is that these will be introduced to the children in contexts which can provide real-life examples using associated language in classrooms where exploratory talk and challenging learning enables the children to demonstrate their understanding. In order to teach and develop historical knowledge, a variety of approaches are used, including the use of artefacts, photographs, KWL grids, sourcing information through the use of high quality books and internet research. Field trips and visitors are also carefully planned to encourage children to ask questions, to stimulate interest in a topic and develop curiosity. Through a range of sources, children will deduce information and pose questions for further research. As they investigate answers to their questions, the children will also be encouraged to consider how source material may not always be fully reliable and/or provide different perspectives.
“History gives answers only to those who know how to ask questions.” – Hajo Holborn
Click HERE to view the History skills progression.