Here at Sedgeberrow, it is our aim to instil a love for history in all children. We aim to stimulate the children’s interests and curiosity to know more about the past and how history will shape their future.
Through the curriculum, pupils gain a knowledge and understanding of the history of their local area, utilising local knowledge and then offering opportunities to develop their knowledge of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We teach children a sense of chronology and through this they are able to develop a sense of identity and an awareness of the challenges of their time. Teaching should equip children to ask questions, think critically, weigh up evidence and develop perspective and judgement. History teaching should help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and the relationship between different groups.
Our aim when delivering our History curriculum is to encourage curiosity with our children to want to learn about the past, whilst developing an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer. They will be able to explore the way significant, historical events have shaped British history and appreciate how things have changed over time, as well as how Britain has influenced the wider world. We want to enable our children to understand other people; their beliefs, thoughts, values and experiences. This will help the children to understand who they are as individuals, how they came to be who they are and how the society they live in has evolved to be what it is
At Sedgeberrow School, History is taught with strong links to the National Curriculum. To promote the children’s enquiry and interest in the past, history is taught in topics throughout each year group.
Teacher’s have some autonomy on their topics, especially in KS1 and the Foundation Stage.
History is taught in Reception as an integral part of the topic work, through child-initiated and adult led activities. The children are given the opportunity to find out about past and present events in their own lives, and those of their families and other people they know. In the Foundation Stage, history makes a significant contribution to developing a child’s understanding of the world through activities such as looking at pictures of famous people in history or discovering the meaning of new and old in relation to their own lives.
In KS1 the children focus on the world around them and their living memory of history before moving onto events beyond their living memory. This is then developed in KS2 the history curriculum as it is planned in chronological order. This allows the children to build an image of history over time and to use previous periods, events and people to better understand their learning.
Each class, once a year has the opportunity to use our local farm to further their learning of their topic.
Through the thorough, high-quality teaching of History that takes place at Sedgeberrow school we will see that the children have engaged and become curious about history, developing their knowledge of chronology through the topic-led approach we undertake; this enables the children to become fully immersed in each topic. Children will be aware of how historical events and people have shaped the world today.
Children’s knowledge and skills develop progressively as they move through the school and we want all children to achieve their full potential, having that love and enquiry for history that will stay with them in their future.