Establishing lifelong learning: rooted in knowledge, enriched by experience
Our history teaching and learning is based on the National curriculum. High quality history education will help children understand a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, to understand how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world, to understand the nature of ancient civilisations and to understand the what has happened in the past and the legacy that has been left.
History provides identity, personal and national and tells the stories of real people and events. It teaches us about diversity and how to learn from the achievements and mistakes of others, it helps us to understand change and societal development.
At Alexandra, we achieve this through the teaching of our key historical concepts:
- Time, change and chronology - to create a sense of period and time, the sequence of when things happened.
- Reasons and results - How can we explain why things happened in history, how did people make a difference to what happened and what followed as a result?
- Interpretations - Do we understand the past in the same way?
- Historical evidence - How can we find out about the past? What are the challenges with using historical sources?
- Significance - How do we choose what is important in history?
- Our teaching and learning sequences are planned and delivered to ensure that learning is memorable and key knowledge, vocabulary and skills are remembered and applied to new learning. Each year, the pupils will travel through and explore the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day. The use of knowledge organisers and retrieval practice ensures that children know more and remember more.
- Our teaching and learning is based on our values of excellence, nurture, community and exploration.