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Humanities (History)

We believe the teaching of History helps pupils to understand how the World works, how to learn from mistakes, which events have had an affect on their everyday life and how to be a responsible citizen. We aim to engage children and young people in investigating questions about people and events in the past helps them to better understand their lives today, the contested nature of knowledge and prepares them for the future as more informed citizens.


Through teaching, children should:

  • Understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as the challenges of their time;

  • Develop skills of critical thinking which means making reasoned judgements that are logical and well thought out and not merely accepting arguments and conclusions as they are presented but  having a healthy, discerning and questioning attitude about new information;

  • Appreciate that all knowledge is socially constructed and its objectivity and reliability is therefore open to challenge and question through asking perceptive questions, weighing evidence, sifting arguments and developing perspective and judgement;

  • Build a sense of identity and belonging on a personal, cultural, national and global level as they  come to appreciate the diversity of human experience and consequently understand more about themselves and as members of society;

  • Understand core concepts and most notably cause and consequence, similarity and difference, continuity and change, change and progress/regression, significance, evidence, chronology, empathy, context, diversity, perspective, interconnectivity and validity which have broad relevance and significance in the modern world.


Our objectives are to enable all children to: 

  • Have an interest for history which sees them carrying out their own historical enquiries

  • Make connections between different historical periods

  • Talk confidently about the historical periods studied

  • Be able to use a full range of  skills to research and interpret events of the past

  • Develop confidence in their ability to discuss the past and its significance to our daily lives


Please click to the link below to see how our History teaching progresses throughout each year group. 

History skills progression map