History is all around us. Here at Willow Brook, it is our aim to instil a love of History in all our children. The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, cultures and local communities have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. At Willow Brook, our intent, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. In line with the national curriculum Willow Brook aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and to know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
- Are encouraged to ask insightful questions, think critically, weigh evidence, scrutinise arguments, and develop evaluations and judgements.
- Begin to understand the intricacy 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.
- Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used carefully to make historical claims, and determine how and why contrasting arguments and understandings of the past have been constructed.