History Purpose of Study
We teach History to help children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
We want our children to:
- be curious about the life of people who lived in the past and how our local area and wider world have changed over time
- develop an enquiring mind and ask and answer their questions about the past
- develop a progressively deeper understanding of chronology through the study of substantive concepts
- use historical vocabulary appropriately
- interpret different historical sources and develop skills of inference
- to understand that there can be different interpretations of the past
The children focus on substantive concepts to develop and deepen a coherent understanding of key concepts, and their relevance to periods of history; these are detailed in the concept overview.
Children focus on disciplinary skills within each topic. These are defined as:
- Cause & Consequence
- Change & Continuity
- Similarity and Difference