History lessons will enable pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which will be embedded in to their long-term memories and the acquisition of new historical skills. They will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History lessons will help 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.
These four main threshold concepts will underpin our History teaching and enable our pupils to develop a history schema: –
• Investigate and interpret the past – recognising that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence.
• Build an overview of world history – developing an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and that these features are similar and different across time periods, and an understanding that life is different for different sections of society.
• Understand chronology – understanding how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history happened at similar times in different places.
• Communicate historically – using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past.