‘’The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future’’– Theodore Roosevelt
At Ann Edwards Primary School we strive to provide a varied and immersive history curriculum that is inclusive to all learners. We design a creative topic-led curriculum to fulfill the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that ensures the development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to study life in the past. All lessons are designed to be exciting, interesting, innovative and full of factual historical knowledge that inspires children’s love of learning. They are encouraged to think and behave as historians!
At Ann Edwards, we aim to develop an understanding of British history and that of the wider world. We develop an understanding of chronology as well as a knowledge and understanding of how the local area has changed over time. The children are given the opportunity to examine, interpret and evaluate a variety of sources in order to make deductions about the past. We encourage the use of trips, visitors and speakers to make history come alive and to create immersive experiences that all pupils will remember.
The overarching aim for History in our school is to ensure that pupils are given opportunities to learn and develop an interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, and, through this, they develop a sense of identity, and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus, they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multi-cultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. In our school, history makes a significant contribution to citizenship education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
Our objectives in the teaching of history are:
- to foster in children an interest in the past, and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
- to enable children to know about significant events in British history, and to appreciate how things have changed over time;
- to develop a sense of chronology;
- to know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child’s citizenship education;
- to understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture, and to study some aspects of European history;
- to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
- to help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
- to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.