We are passionate about History at The Grove Primary School and teach history as a discreet subject. At the Grove we love history as studying history gives pupils the opportunity to develop an understanding of why the world and its people are the way they are today. They begin to ask questions as they explore the diversity of human experience, past lives and societies. By the end of their primary education, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day and will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this is the need to look at world history. At The Grove the children will explore life in the ancient civilisations, including the Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, developing their understanding of trends over time and across concurrent civilisations. They will also study life in the Kingdom of Benin and will learn about the history of Melton Mowbray.
At The Grove Primary School, children develop an understanding of how History has had an impact on our lives today both locally, nationally and internationally. Whilst we are passionate about our challenging knowledge curriculum, we wish to encourage independent and critical thinking which will foster an understanding of ‘why’ as well as ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘where’. Lessons are aspirational and knowledge based: planned so that there is time for discussion and debate, fostering an environment of enquiry which enables children to revise and justify their opinions as well as encouraging children to ask as well as answer questions about history. We believe that History should be an interactive subject which strives to ignite a child’s natural curiosity.
How is History currently taught across Key Stages?
Children study a number of History topics throughout the year. Each topic is carefully planned to ensure pupils gather knowledge about the historical period while also developing the essential characteristics of historians. Each History lesson builds upon the knowledge learned in previous years so that pupils develop a deeper understanding. These are:
- Investigate and interpret the past.
- Build an overview of world history.
- Understand chronology.
As pupils develop their understanding ' in a range of contexts, so too will they develop the ability to be independent learners, using the key historical skills they have gained to analyse, question and compare sources of evidence to form their own judgement about the past.
Please have a look at our coverage of history topics taught throughout the year.
Below you will see our Knowledge Organisers for the year. These organisers are used in class and at home to support the learning that takes place and to help our children remember more. All parents should have received a printed copy to use at home! If you would like a reminder of how to use them please look at our 'letters home' section.