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St Edburg's CE Primary School

Sapere aude - Dare to be wise

History

History is all around us!

It allows us to see where we came from and how the modern world, Britain and even our communities were shaped. It provides our children with an identity and can allow them to see where they fit in. ‘Ultimately there’s something in history for everyone because it’s everything that’s ever happened’! (Lipscomb 2013)

Here at St Edburg’s we aim to inspire children’s curiosity through our teaching of History by giving them unforgettable experiences and visits; exposing them to grisly stories; teaching them quirky facts, showing them quality texts and giving them the chance to explore intriguing artefacts. We take the children from Bicester and the surrounding areas in the 1960s to fiery London in 1666. They travel from Stone Age Britain, to the innovative Ancient Mayan civilisation and beyond! 

Our History curriculum provides all children with the knowledge and skills they will need to be able to succeed as historians. This knowledge and skillset is built upon year after year through careful sequencing and planning. At St Edburg’s we use an enquiry approach, and each unit is planned around a big question. Every lesson within the enquiry builds towards being able to find answers for those questions using a range of skills.

We facilitate children’s learning with how to find evidence from a range of exciting sources, think critically and evaluate them, before drawing their own conclusions using their own judgement. We encourage children to ask perceptive questions to help them understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, and the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. We ensure that our History curriculum is inclusive for our students by exposing them to a diverse variety of individuals, societies, cultures and communities both within and across time periods.

We hope that by the time our children leave St Edburg’s they will be equipped with the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements. Most importantly we want them to have developed a love for learning, a passion for history and a curious mind.

 

Progression of Skills

 

Long Term Planning

Take a look at history at school in our gallery