Our History curriculum aims to encourage curiosity and fascination about the past both in Britain and the wider world, whilst developing coherent chronological knowledge and an enquiring mind. Our teaching of chronology, helps to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding, based on their historical heritage. This enables our children to learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multi-cultural Britain.
Our intention is to encourage children to think critically, ask questions, think and act as historians and evaluate evidence, which allows them to develop a broad understanding of the complexity of people’s lives and historic events. We aim for children to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology and be able to communicate historically. Local history is threaded throughout our history curriculum and we want our children to develop an appreciation for the people and events that are part of our local, national and international history.
Each year group studies three History themes a year. This has been rigorously planned so that pupils revisit and build on knowledge and skills across their time here at Godfrey Ermen. Each year group follows the model of a Local History study, then British History and finally a World History study, working our way from our local context to the wider world.
We focus on the four key concepts of Chronology, Interpretation, Historical Concepts, Historical Enquiry and interwoven within this is historical communication and an understanding of the importance of locality.