History: Statement of Intent

The teaching of History at Burhill aims to stimulate pupils’ interest and understanding of the past, gaining insight into how it has influenced our lives today. This insight aims to create a cultural identity and foster respect for others. History will be taught with meaningful links to other areas of learning. Pupils will become responsible for their own learning through open ended challenges and contextual activities. There will be at least 10 hours of history or geography delivered per term.

By the end of Key Stage 1, pupils should have developed an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should 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 should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils should have continued to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Learning will focus on five strands which are developed upon each year, continuously building on pupils’ historical skills.

These are:

  • Chronological understanding
    • This ensures pupils have an understanding of the timescale of historical events.
  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • Historical interpretation:
    • Pupils will learn that history is opinions, viewpoints and motives interwoven and enjoy deciphering historical ‘fact’, utilising skills from all curriculum areas.
  • Historical enquiry
    • Pupils will examine and analyse evidence, posing questions which will foster independence and problem solving. They will work collaboratively and supportively and are able to pose their own lines of enquiry, enabling the subject to become child-led and owned by the pupils.
  • Organisation and communication:
    • Pupils will understand that the enquiry process is about testing ideas and use evidence to justify or explain their reasoning.
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