History learning is vital in enabling children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. At Barnack, we are dedicated to inspiring children’s curiosity to know more about the past and provide opportunities for them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective.
We aim to ensure children:
know the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world;
gain an understanding of abstract historical terms;
understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance;
understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used;
gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts.
When teaching History at Barnack we primarily use the History elements of the Prospectus scheme combined with other resources which links to each class’ topic. Substantial topic and cross curricular work is undertaken to support learning in History. The school also uses incidental cross school topics to discuss, support and learn about key anniversary and culturally significant events.
The children are given a thorough grounding in the historical periods covered by the national curriculum but also of the local area and country. They are taught a range of historical skills and have the opportunity to apply them across a range of topics.