History enables pupils to develop curiosity and understanding of the past and how it has shaped the world we live in today. At Merrow Schools Federation, History is taught in subject specific blocks, these are often cross curricular. History is taught in the Early Years through Knowledge and Understanding of the World in line with the National Curriculum. Children in the Early Years will explore the past through their family history, environment and stories. The curriculum is structured in a way that allows children to make links to previous learning. There are many opportunities through our historical curriculum for children to work as historians and to develop their historical skills. Their learning is also enriched by historical visits, visitors, events held within school and with use of artefacts.
Teachers will use a variety of teaching and learning methods in their history lessons to develop pupil’s skills, understanding and knowledge.
At Merrow Schools Federation we aim to deliver a curriculum that will maximise the outcome for all pupils. We hope that children know more, understand more and remember more. Our History curriculum enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.
A successful learner at our schools will -
- Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
- Develop a passion for history and show enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
- Be encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
- Begin 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.
- To work collaboratively and independently and be able to ask and answer historical questions.