History at The Deans

At The Deans Primary School, we are focused on providing our pupils with a high-quality history education which will help them gain a coherent knowledge of our local past, British past and the past of the wider world. We are focused on inspiring and building on children’s curiosity of the past. Our teaching will equip pupils to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. It is important to us that we aim to help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change. It is also vital that they understand the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.

We will endeavour to assist in the development of the pupils’ awareness of the past, using key vocabulary relating to the passing of time. Pupils will study historical people and events and how they fit into a chronological framework, looking at identifying similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. Ultimately, our pupils will build a wide history vocabulary and understanding of everyday historical terms. It is important to us at The Deans Primary School that our pupils can ask and answer questions in history, as well as using sources to show they know and understand key features of events. Children will progress to be able to note connections, contrasts and trends over time, as well as devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and differences. We believe that our curriculum should always respond to the needs of our children and their world as they perceive it. Therefore, our specific topics are bespoke to our pupils, our school and locality. We know it is important that our children broaden their knowledge and understanding in a way that is relevant to them and their families. Within the history curriculum, it is crucial that we embed a deep chronological understanding whilst developing the pupils’ historical enquiry skills, as well as their knowledge and understanding.

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