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The National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • 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
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short and long-term timescales

At The Lea we aim for children to develop a good knowledge of historical topics and gain an appreciation and understanding of history and how it has both shaped and influenced our world, locally and worldwide.

Children learn to ask questions, research evidence and use secondary sources of information, such as photographs and books, to gain knowledge. They have access to historical artefacts in the classroom during historical enquiry to help them to reach their own conclusions about the past. Classes have the opportunity to learn first-hand about historical experiences by visiting local places which relate to their topic. Children also gain experiences from visitors where they dress up and take on the role of a character from the period being studied which helps to bring the events to life.

We hope children leave The Lea being critical thinkers and are able to use a variety of investigative skills to continue exploring different events, people and civilisations that have shaped our world.