At Durdan’s Park we provide a high-quality history education that helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupil’s curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
History has deep links with English, Geography, Mathematics, Science and Design and Technology. The core understanding of History is split into four areas of learning: chronological knowledge/ understanding; Historical Terms; Historical Enquiry, Evidence and communicating and Interpretation of history. Through these areas pupils are taught the principles of historical enquiry and knowledge and how to put this knowledge to use when investigating and comparing different time periods of time.
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
- To build children’s awareness of significant people in history, lifestyles of those who lived in the past and knowledge of historical events including those from our locality, Britain and the wider world.
- To inspire the children by bringing history to life, through first-hand experiences such as handling real artefacts, arranging interactive workshops, organising field work visits and more recently through the use of themed launch days whereby children are given the opportunity to relive a period from the past for a day through engaging in role play.
- To enable children to compare and contrast and to consider how and why things have changed.
- To give children the opportunities to evaluate the impact of significant people and events from the past.
- To allow children the opportunity to extend their investigative skills and record their findings using a range of media: through literacy, drama, art and ICT.
- To encourage the children to think critically so that they can understand and make links between cause and effect in relation to the past and modern times.