History at Grove Road
“How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from? How can you tell what’s going to happen, unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are- and about what’s next.”
(Tony Robinson - actor and television presenter)
History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider 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, pupils 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, pupils 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.
At Grove Road we aim to:
enable pupils to understand how and why people behave as they do now;
enable them to understand themselves;
give them the confidence and ability to try to improve themselves and their world;
help them to develop a sense of responsibility for the world in which later generations will live;
enable them to ask and answer significant questions;
enable them to think for themselves and to reach fair and rational conclusions about complex human situations;
inspire in them a lasting interest in, and enjoyment of, learning about the past.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
To fulfil these aims our teachers plan suitable activities which develop the pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills. Through these activities it is expected that pupils:
develop a sense of time (chronology), recognising how time is measured and that some things change and some things stay the same;
investigate how and why events happen and how they may be linked;
consider what it was like to live in different periods and what motivated the people who lived then and that we cannot think in the way they thought;
recognise that there are some things we can never know about the past and that history has to be constructed from the bits of the past that have survived;
understand that people interpret the past differently and use different ways to present their ideas;
make thoughtful use of a variety of sources to find out about the past;
Topics have been chosen to:
The topics are taught in ways to suit the children in the class and the time of the year. Time allocated to the subject varies- it may be taught in a block and at other times taught as the occasion arises- e.g. Guy Fawkes and Bonfire night. Where possible it is also taught through other subjects in the curriculum. E.g. Art, Design and Technology, Geography, Literacy, Numeracy.