We take a chronological approach to British History throughout the school to enable our children to understand the journey our country has been on, from prehistoric times to World War II. This has been designed so that our children can build upon their knowledge and skills as the chronology progresses and the bigger picture of our country’s journey emerges. In KS1 we study a range of significant people and past events. In KS2 we transfer the historical skills and knowledge that we gain to investigate, learn about and from, Ancient Civilisations and other significant people and events.
Our children are given opportunities to learn about history through various sources, as well as in practical ways or through immersive experiences. We recognise the influence and importance that first hand experiences have and as such aim to utilise our surroundings and wealth of museums, which we are so lucky to be within reach of, to support learning.
We aim to take a thematic, creative approach to the curriculum; very much in line with our wish to engage the children in exciting and meaningful learning opportunities, giving them the confidence to articulate their opinions, take risks in their learning, take responsibility for the world they live in and see the bigger picture. We try to make links to other areas of the curriculum where possible, using art or DT, for example, to explore historical topics in other ways. We aim to give every child every opportunity to access a history curriculum that brings the past to life.