Our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world to build respect, appreciation, and pride of their local community, their country and the impact other cultures and historic events have had on shaping our lives today. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past to develop their understanding of key events. Children will ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History we endeavour to teach pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, including those of the present, the process of change, the diversity of societies and beliefs, whilst celebrating these differences. This should give children the skills required to be inquisitive and confident historians.
In terms of the specific history curriculum our intent is that: -
We celebrate the cultural capital of Derby and Britain; pupils are taught history in an enriched and cross curricular approach, enabling progression of learning and skills amongst other subjects.
The curriculum is designed with the intention that every pupil can reach their potential in History.
Visits locally and within the community are planned linking to school themes, to allow our pupils to be proud and have a sense of belonging of their local area.
Activities and visits are planned in to provide first-hand experiences for the pupils to support and develop their learning as historians and their historical experiences.
History is promoted through the celebration of anniversaries, festivals, and events throughout the year, which are linked with other areas of the curriculum.
Pupils will gain an awareness of the chronology of past events, including their own history, recent events, significant people and major historical events and civilisations to understand where we come from and how we have changed.
Pupils will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future, supporting school’s overall focus on enabling them to become responsible citizens.
High quality history lessons will inspire pupils to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians, understanding their role in time.