“A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.“
During their time in Key Stage 1 pupils will develop an awareness of the past and use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will lean where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and be taught to identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They will experience a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They will be taught to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They will be shown some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
During their time in Key Stage 2 pupils will continue to develop a knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing narratives within and across the periods they study. They will be shown connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop their appropriate use of historical terms. They will be taught to address and sometimes devise historically valid questions. They will learn how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
At Springfield House school we teach History through the Cornerstones Innovative Learning Projects. Children are provided with opportunities to develop their historical knowledge and skills through a variety of exciting topics.