Ideas shape the course of history – John Maynard Keynes
There is history in all men’s lives – William Shakespeare
We are not the makers of history. We are made by history – Martin Luther King Jr.
The understanding of the World: Past and Present section of the Statutory Framework for the Early years foundation Stage (2001) and history sections from the National Curriculum form the basis of Huttoft Primary and Nursery’s history curriculum. Our history curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum statement for history:
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.
At Huttoft Primary and Nursery school, we teach history to stimulate the children’s interest and develop their understanding about the past, both in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, and how beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. Such studies should help the children to understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. We follow the Cornerstones Curriculum Maestro template for history to ensure a progression of knowledge across all year groups.
History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We recognise the importance of examining historical artefacts and primary sources. Learning history equips children with the knowledge and understanding to make sense of, analyse and question the ever-changing world around them. It ignites their spark for curiosity, allowing them to steer and drive their own learning and lines of enquiry. We encourage pupils to consider how the past impacts upon the present through the cause and effect of significant events and individuals. As they do this, coupled with the assistance of timelines, children generate a chronological framework for their historical knowledge. We believe the study of history should inspire children's curiosity and encourage them to ask critical questions.
At Huttoft, history begins in EYFS within the environment. Most clearly, history is seen through the Understanding of the World. For this goal, children can talk about past and present events in their own lives and that of their familes as well as knowing about similarities and differences between themselves and others.