"History is for human self-knowledge ... the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is." - R.G. Collingwood
History fires children's curiosity about the past; the world in which they are living and how it has been shaped by the people and events before them. As they study History, children will develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people; what previous societies were like; and how their beliefs and values influenced their lives. They will see the diversity of the human experience and come to understand more about themselves as individuals and as part of a wider society.
Our History curriculum should afford the children the opportunity to question, debate and reflect upon matters that have occurred. Different perspectives and viewpoints are essential. Such understanding promotes questioning in other areas of the curriculum and in life.
Through work in History, we aim to: