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
- gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short and long-term timescales
Our History Vision
At Golcar J, I & N School, we offer all pupils a high quality History education. We strive to deliver engaging, and inspiring history lessons that motivate the pupils to increase their knowledge and understanding of the world. We believe excellent History lessons should offer pupils the opportunity to develop:
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences
- The ability to consistently 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, formulating 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
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments
- A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.
History is taught through our cross-curricular topics. During Key Stage 1, children will study significant historical events, people and places, the lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past and key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally.
In Key Stage 2, children will study topics including, The Stone Age, The Romans, The Anglo Saxons, The Vikings, Ancient Egypt, WW2 and the Native Americans. We often organise school trips to museums or sites of historical importance to reinforce learning. Through the use of the outdoors, role-play, artefacts, visitors, special assemblies, songs and story-telling, we attempt to bring History to life for the children at Golcar J, I & N School. When delivering lessons, we endeavour to pass on our passion and respect for History to the children we teach.