We are passionate about History at The Grove Primary School. 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 London Fields 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 Hackney.
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 it is important for children to learn facts, 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 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. Each History topic includes opportunities for children to investigate, handle artefacts and pictorial evidence, watch historical footage, take part in role play activities, visit relevant sites and museums and where appropriate, experience oral history, engaging with historical characters and ways of life.
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 topic builds upon the knowledge learned in previous years and topics 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.