All pupils study History in order to arouse interest in the past. It helps them to develop a sense of identity in time through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the World. It also introduces them to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past and to help them understand the present, in light of the past.
Pupils learn that History is the study of change and development in society over time. The study of history enables children to understand how past human action affects the present and influences our future, and it allows the children to evaluate these effects. So, history is about learning how to think about the past, which affects the present, in a disciplined way. History is a process of enquiry. Therefore, it is about asking questions of the past: What happened? When did it happen? Why did it happen then? What were the short-term and long-term results? It involves thinking critically about the stories people tell us about the past, as well as the stories that we tell ourselves.
Through history, children can begin to learn and understand something about the past and its influences on life today. Children start to understand that History is our chronological record of what happened in the past. It involves the study of men, women and children in different societies, cultures, countries and classes.
Pupils learn about continuity and change and will be able to use historical vocabulary to describe people, events and developments. There will be historical field trips to enrich learning and to broaden pupils’ first hand experiences.
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