Our history teaching is designed to stimulate the children’s interest and develop their understanding about the past, both in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, and how beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. Such studies should help the children to understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society.
At SSPP, we want our children to gain a coherent understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our language rich
curriculum should inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Children should ask perceptive questions and think critically using sources of evidence to support their opinion. They should understand how people’s lives have changed, how diverse societies were and the challenges they faced.
Characteristics of a Historian
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
- The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
- The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
- A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
- A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.
The objectives of teaching history in our school are:
- To understand how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
- They will understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies and the achievements of mankind.
- They will acquire an understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
- They will learn about significant people from different time periods and make connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
- Pupils will learn about using sources and their significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses them rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
History Curriculum Explained
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in History