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History

Intent

At Barry Primary School, we are historians! Our aim is that, through the teaching of History, we stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the lives of people who lived in the past through developing skills in perceptive questioning, critical thinking, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, and developing perspective and judgement. We want our children to hold ambitions to become archaeologists, archivists, research analysts and museum curators. Underpinning all that we do in history is teaching a sense of chronology. Children explore the actions of significant figures, events in recent and ancient history and the impact these have had on change. We ensure our children understand how Britain has developed as a society and learn of historical developments in the wider world. Children learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain in order to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage.

 

 

Implementation

In Foundation Stage, our children focus on past and present. This starts from discussing how they themselves have changed from birth and memories of special occasions through to exploring people around them and the roles they carry out in society, such as famous astronauts. They also use stories to explore the past and now and are encouraged to draw upon their own experiences.

In KS1, children further develop their awareness of the past, exploring significant figures such as George Stephenson and Christopher Columbus and events such as The Great Fire of London. In KS1 they continue to further understand chronology and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods through focussing on developments in areas such as toys and technology. They explore different sources and how they are used to inform us of the past.

In KS2 our children further secure knowledge and understanding of British history through units such as Tudor crime and punishment and World War II. They also explore local history with a particular focus on Northampton’s Boot and Shoe industry. In KS2, children also explore world history, covering units such as the Ancient Egyptians, Mayans and the Shang Dynasty. Throughout KS2 children focus on connections, contrasts and trends over time, continually developing their use of accurate historical terms. Our children in KS2 begin to develop skills in forming valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They develop skills in constructing informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. Children in KS2 will explore a further range of sources to help to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed.

 

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