At Christ Church Primary School our history curriculum enables pupils to connect both emotionally and intellectually with the past and ignite curiosity to know more about British and world history.
It is our aim that history lessons help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of history we endeavour to teach children 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.
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 multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. 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.
History lessons focus on developing historical knowledge and skills and children working as historians. We intend for our children to have real life experiences, often through visits out or inviting visitors in, and learn about history in an active and creative way. A range of opportunities are provided to enable all pupils to communicate their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Links are made within and across lessons to support pupils in making connections and in developing a strong overview of chronology, breadth and local to global history.