Our aim for History at Stonebow is to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Know and understand the history of Great Britain as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
- Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
- Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry.’
- Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
- Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
How we do it at Stonebow
At Stonebow, History is taught as part of topic in all phases. In this way, children understand the links between history, geography, art and design, language and so on. Some topics are more ‘history based’ such as The Second World War in UKS2, The Vikings in LKS2 and The Victorians in KS1. Teaching staff ensure children have a deep understanding of historical events through field trips and/or visitors to the school which enable pupils to imagine life in historical times. In class, children develop their historical knowledge through research (using books artefacts and the internet) as well as writing, art and design and drama.