The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.
We aim to develop in our pupils a greater, wider and deeper historical Knowledge - “Knowing more and remembering more” through:
- Timeline work - understanding chronology
- Teaching the key facts
- Revisiting what has been taught to make sure children remember
Historical enquiry skills
- asking and answering historical questions
- using primary and secondary sources
Critical thinking - evaluating evidence, making judgements, exploring perspective
History in the National Curriculum can be summed up in just a few statements: ordering events in time; finding differences and similarities; writing and talking about the past; using different sources for information; asking and answering questions. All classes in each year group will do all of these at some point and aim to link ‘then’ with ‘now’.
History at Brooklands
We see the value of visits and visitors in history topics to enrich pupils’ lives.
We devise our curriculum so it is relevant to the pupils and acknowledges that they come from a diverse range of backgrounds so we can reflect and celebrate these.
We have history displays both in and outside the classroom that are either supporting or celebrating learning. We have timelines in our classrooms.
We use a broad variety of teaching approaches across topics and within lessons to ensure all pupils are catered for and engaged.
We provide pupils with feedback that focuses on the history objectives.
Our teachers are creative about ways to ensure history is not neglected and progress lost at those times when it is not formally taught.
We encourage pupils to work as historians and aim to give them a strong understanding of what is history. We expect pupils of all abilities to be able to interrogate a number of pieces of evidence to reach conclusions and be able to justify their reasoning.