History is all about understanding the past, and why the world looks like it does. The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. At Holy Trinity, our aim is to stimulate children's curiosity and enable them to have a deeper understanding about the world around them.
History at Holy Trinity follows the National Curriculum, outlined by the government. Within school, this takes the form of a History lesson every week, for a minimum of 1 hour. We aim to teach a breadth of different topics to ensure the children experience History from a range of times, locations and perspectives. The teaching of History knowledge is focused on skills- asking the children to operate as Historians to discover the past. This is achieved through studies of primary and secondary sources, whilst looking at each topic with a broader world and chronological view. Overall, the aim of the History curriculum is to provide a broad, inclusive and engaging scheme of learning.
By the time children have left Holy Trinity, we aim for them to have developed:
· A secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered.
· The ability to think critically about history and communicate confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
· The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
· The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, forming and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
· A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
· A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements.
· A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.