We will enable the children at Rushall to learn about the past in order to gain a wider understanding of how this has shaped the world they live in today. Children will gain a deeper knowledge of local and world history by using high quality texts in order to access the chronological narratives that history provides. Investigations of historical sources will creatively engage the children’s imagination whilst developing their confidence in the skills of bias to challenge and debate different viewpoints to prepare them for a life beyond Rushall.
History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the modern world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and how beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop 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, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that will prepare them for life beyond Rushall.
The aims of history are:
- To instill in the children a curiosity and understanding of events, places and people in a variety of times and environments.
- To develop an interest in the past and an appreciation of human achievements and aspirations
- To understand the values of our society
- To learn about the major issues and events in the history of our own country and of the world and how these events may have influenced one another
- To develop a knowledge of chronology within which the children can organise their understanding of the past
- To understand how the past is different from the present and that historic people and societies had different values and attitudes from ours
- To understand the nature of evidence by emphasising the process of enquiry and by developing the range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary source materials
- To understand that events have a multiplicity of causes and that historical explanation is provisional, debatable and sometimes controversial
- To develop an understanding of similarities and differences when considering different points of view
Our History lead is Mrs Rebecca Smith
The children undertake historical study as part of the Curriculum. Through history the children learn a range of skills, concepts, attitudes and methods of working. The children are given the opportunity to learn about historical events and past civilizations through exploding sources of information and excursions. We provide ‘real life’ experiences for our children by inviting experienced and knowledgeable visitors to enrich the history curriculum (for example, Tudor musicians and Native Americans).