History is taught in order to stimulate the pupils’ interest and understanding about significant events and the lives of significant people in the past and how these important factors have influenced our lives today.
We aim to foster children's interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer through knowing about significant events in British and world history appreciating how things have changed over time.
Children are taught to begin to develop a sense of chronology and to understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage.
Children will have the opportunity to develop their skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation through a variety of hands-on practical activities. Children experience real history through visitors to school, drama, visits to historical sites such as Hadleigh Castle and The British Museum. Such activities provide a stimulus for exciting and relatable cross curricular opportunities, including speaking and listening and writing. We also use artefacts, visual resources and Information Technology to inspire children to find out about the past. The artefact boxes which we receive from the school's library services and are used effectively to encourage historical questioning and language skills along with themed Greek and Roman days.
History is planned and delivered in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage Two in line with the National Curriculum and is integrated within our art inspired curriculum teaching.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn about history through child centred activities as part of their Understanding the World area of development.