History Curriculum Statement

At Heene, the delivery of a creative history curriculum encourages children to understand their place in the world and how past events have influenced our lives today. The curriculum aims to provide children with a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British and world history. In addition, children learn about significant historical events in their local area and compare these to the wider world.

We foster children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Children are encouraged to ask perceptive questions and to develop skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving. They learn to weigh evidence and to develop an understanding of how history may be presented differently depending on the perspective of the people who composed the sources. They are taught to notice connections, contrasts and trends over time and to appropriately use historical terms.

The past comes to life through the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum which is creative and, where possible, cross curricular. We use an immersive approach to history, making it as hands-on as possible through the use of excursions, visits, visitors, the handling of artefacts, and the use of drama, art and DT to promote understanding of how people lived in the past and the complexity of their lives.

 

We aim, above all, to make history relevant and enjoyable to the children we teach and the efficacy of this approach is evidenced in the way that Heene children relish their history lessons and share their enthusiasm with their families so that they often bring in objects or research relating to their topics of study from home, making learning a two-way process which involves both school and family.