An awareness of, and interest in, the cultural richness which surrounds them and a fascination with the diverse world which surrounds them. A strong knowledge and understanding of chronology, knowing the time between their units and where their unit of study fits on a timeline. The ability to research and question the reliability of sources. An understanding of causes and significance.
“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” – Theodore Roosevelt
The Bible teaches us that: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8.
What makes a good History student?
The study of history captures children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and the local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present.
This enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.
In history, pupils find evidence, reflect on it and reach their own conclusions in order to express a well-balanced argument. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue their point of view – skills that are highly valued in adult life.
About Our Vision for History
Our history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. There is an emphasis on chronology and chronological understanding, allowing pupils to understand the time between their units and where their current unit of study fits on a timeline. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past through an enquiry based approach. Teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.
At St. Wulstan’s, our principle aim, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. History is real and experienced by all the senses. The children are given opportunities to learn history through a wide range of activities including: handling artefacts, questioning, taking on the role of experts, drawing, writing, discussion and role-play. In so doing, we strive to make the learning of History inclusive, by catering for individual learning styles.
We want history to come to life so that the children understand that they are learning about real people and real events that occurred within living memory or in the distant past. We endeavour to provide the children with enriching opportunities through visits to local and national museums and historic sites with workshops led by professionals and inviting visitors into school to talk to the children about their personal experiences.
If you have any questions about the History curriculum within school, please come into school and ask to speak to Miss Hadfield, our History Lead.
Our History Club runs during the Autumn and Spring terms for Years 3 and 4 with Miss Hadfield. We have covered many topics this term including: Isambard Kingdom Brunel and bridge building; World Cup History and kit designs; the Roman Army and shield design and battle tactics role play; local history and the building of the Mercer Clock Tower; World War Two and Spitfires, the Blitz and evacuation. At the end of History Club, if 10 stamps were received on a history passport, a Horrible History book headed your way!
Links & Games
Below are links to some fun History games and links;
CBBC Horrible Histories (https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories
Horrible Histories Games (http://horrible-histories.co.uk/gory-games
BBC Bitesize KS1 History (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zkqmhyc
BBC Bitesize KS2 History (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcw76sg
History Programmes of Study