History

History

Intent

At King Street Primary School, it is our intent that teaching of History should provide a coherent knowledge and understanding of the history of the local area, Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

 

We aim to inspire children’s curiosity, encourage them to ask critical questions and enable them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live and that of the wider world, both past and present. This has become even more urgent and relevant following multiple school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we believe that by developing children’s confidence and enjoyment of history, we can more effectively close the gaps for all groups of children.

 

Lessons give children opportunities to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children 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.

This will be facilitated not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of primary and secondary sources, visitors, drama and educational visits.

We aim: 

 

  • To promote an interest in the past  

  • To develop an understanding of chronology 

  • To learn about the roles that individuals and events have played in shaping modern society 

  • To use primary and secondary sources; consider their effectiveness and understand bias 

  • To ask and answer questions about the past 

  • To develop an ability to research, investigate and interpret different versions of past events 

  • To develop the ability to communicate historical knowledge and understanding using a variety of techniques 

  • To encourage children to understand and have empathy for: other people, their beliefs, thoughts, values and experiences 

  • To develop an awareness of the world around them 

  • To develop an understanding of society and their place within it, so that they acquire a sense of their cultural heritage 

  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world 

Geography and History are the driving force behind many of our class topics. Through both subjects, we hope to develop the children's understanding of the world around them - both past and present. We aim to foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world in which they live and develop a sense of place and appreciation for their cultural heritage.  Our curriculum topics are planned to include raise the profile of chronology and raise the profile of local history - in Spennymoor and further afield in County Durham. Fieldwork skills are a priority and children are given opportunities to put these in to practice through visits and Outdoor Education. Furthermore, these skills are enhanced through the use of digital technology in school through the use on an online mapping system DigiMaps.