A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 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.
National Curriculum 2014
History at Crich Carr
For our history topics we consider a 'big question' about the world and examine different periods in history, allowing us to draw contrasts and comparisons between different eras and the modern day.
We have an investigative approach; the children are history detectives who examine primary sources to develop theories and draw conclusions before supplementing their skills and knowledge with rich secondary sources. Our young historians find evidence, weigh up the accuracy of a wide range of sources and draw conclusions about what they have found out.
We believe that children should see the relevance of history to their lives today; our topic on 'Are We All Really Equal?' studies the suffragettes and Windrush as well as Mo Farah's story of modern slavery and the struggle for equal rights for women around the world today. 'Does Technology Make Our Lives Better?' looks at the technological advances of the Stone Age - fire, tools and shelter - while also considering modern day inventions and their impact on our lives.
To ensure a rigourous approach, we have mapped out skills progressions and for each topic we have a knowledge organizer that we develop together with the children to identify key knowledge that we aim to retain.