History at Roundhill
History forms a key part of our enquiry curriculum. The National Curriculum programmes of study are followed within the programme of enquiries, and are made meaningful by localising the study in order for the children to develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique. We aim to provide opportunities for 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.
We want history to come to life, so that children understand that they are learning about real people and real events. With this in mind, we strive to provide the children with enrichment opportunities through visits to museums and historic sites such as the Romans Baths. Children are given inspiring opportunities to become historians through a wide range of activities including: handling artefacts, questioning, taking on the role of experts, drawing, writing, discussion and role-play, using a language-rich approach to support their oracy development and develop their understanding of the vocabulary of historians. Our approach aims to allow each child to develop a chronologically secure understanding of the past whilst using evidence to reach their own conclusions.
Natural links to other curriculum areas are incorporated into learning to ensure high levels of motivation and interest from the children as they develop as historians.
Our intent is to ensure that all pupils:
- know and understand the history of these islands 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