History is a stimulating and intriguing subject that captures children’s curiosity to investigate and explore the past. At Dean Bank Primary and Nursery School, we view history not only as facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through a topic based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources which make the past come alive!
History allows our children to expand and use their research skills to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed and to learn about key historical characters. We teach children to be inquisitive and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect of key events. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past compared to modern life.
In EYFS, history is taught through Knowledge and Understanding of the world and supported by Characteristics of Learning and Enabling Environments:
- Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
- They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this.
- They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
In KS1 and KS2, history is taught as a discrete subject in line with the National Curriculum , please see year group Long Term Plans.
The following historical skills are covered and developed through different historical time periods during your child’s time at our school:
- Historical terms
- Historical enquiry
- Interpreting history
- Continuity and Change
- Similarities and Differences
- Significance of key people and key events.
We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest.