At our school, we understand the importance of history in developing pupils’ understanding of the past to prepare them for the future. Lessons are carefully planned so that pupils are able to regularly develop their chronological understanding, analyse and evaluate historical evidence, compare and contrast life in different periods and empathise with people from different eras.
Pupils learn that the examination of the past demands critical use of evidence and that they should raise questions about what sources tell them. The second order concepts (cause, consequence, change and continuity, similarity and difference, and historical significance) are carefully mapped out and revisited to develop pupils’ disciplinary knowledge.
Pupils are provided with many opportunities to investigate how and why different versions of the past differ – a vital skill for any historian.
The curriculum teaches pupils about diverse people from the past to allow them to see their connection to the past and to understand the world today.