A curriculum which provides both the foundations for academic success and the context to understand the world past.
At Newington Community Primary School we are committed to providing all children with a history curriculum which develops a solid foundation of knowledge of the past, an enthusiasm for the subject and the subject specific disciplinary skills which will lead them to future academic success. This policy sets out a framework within which teaching and nonteaching staff can work, and gives guidance on planning, teaching and assessment. It has been developed through a process of consultation with school staff and governors.
History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. At NCPS we provide pupils with opportunities to expand their cultural capital to expand their understanding of the world around them. History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. In history, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.
Our History Policy can be viewed here.