History is all around us. The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. It enables children to find out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time and how the past can have direct consequences for our future. Study of the past builds a chronological framework for children’s knowledge of historical events and people as well as encouraging deep thought and reflection which can influence attitudes, ideas and values. At Bilton C of E Junior School our aim when teaching History is to stimulate children’s curiosity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding.
We teach the National Curriculum, with a focus on a progression of historical skills as well as knowledge. Skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
During each new historical topic, the children study the chronology of that period. This places the era in context and encourages children to develop their understanding of how periods of time fit together and to consolidate the learning from previous topics. It is also an opportunity to discuss the cause and effect of historical issues as children gain a wider understanding of the past.
To spark children’s curiosity, it is important to allow first-hand experience of historical periods; so whether that be evaluating historical sources, visiting a museum or handling artefacts from that era all of these help children to empathise with people in the past and build a rounded picture of what life was life.
At Bilton C of E Junior School we study a wide range of units which reflect changes in Britain as well as the wider world. We celebrate history from around the world and champion those people who have sometimes been forgotten.
By the time the children at Bilton C of E Junior leave our school they should have developed: · A secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered.
· The ability to think critically about history and communicate 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, forming 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 judgements.
Stone Age, Changes (local History unit), Ancient Egyptians
Romans, Mayans, Crime and Punishment
Victorians (with a local History slant), Invaders and Settlers (Fall of the Roman Empire, Anglo Saxons and Vikings), Division and Unity
World War I, Ancient Greece, History of music and diversity (aspects of local History).