History at Crookesbroom Primary Academy, engages, inspires and challenges pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Within the learning sequence, opportunities are given for pupils to ask questions, think critically, and use evidence.
It is our intent that pupils start 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. Overriding questions are offered to pupils in order to develop their chronological understanding, build knowledge and provide opportunities to interpret sources through historical enquiry.
We want pupils to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In EYFS, pupils are encouraged to develop their understanding of belonging, where they fit in their family and within the community. Through provision and focused tasks, pupils have opportunities to talk about significant events, family customs and routines that have happened. Also, they explore how they might differ from their friends. They are taught to sequence simple timelines of their life, from birth until present day. Exploratory questions are celebrated and lines of enquiry meet the needs and interests of the pupils.
In Key Stage One, pupils build on their knowledge gained in EYFS and are encouraged to question, explore and research historical changes within living memory and that of the recent past within the last century. Through practical activities, pupils engage in a range of sources to help build their understanding of the past and its impact on today’s society. They investigate significant historical events, people and places in their own locality and the way this has contributed to national and international achievement.
In Key Stage Two, our pupils are encouraged to be historians and ask valid questions to deepen their learning of past events. They use this to then compare their findings with how they live today and the wider world. Pupils are challenged to look at a range of time periods and see the long arc of development throughout our timeline. By developing these skills, they become competent thinkers and make connections and links as they travel through the key stage.