Our vision and ambition for History at Hemingford Grey Primary School
We want children to have:
A solid foundation of knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.
At Hemingford Grey Primary School, we aim for our children to develop a deep and broad knowledge of the history of our local area, Britain and the wider world. Our curriculum is sequenced from Reception to Year 6 so that children’s historical knowledge, understanding and skills build over time. Across the school, we focus on learning to investigate and interpret the past, building an overview of world history, understanding chronology as well as communicating historically.
In Reception , the children begin by learning to talk about the past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members, as well as learning about a few key historical events such as The Gunpowder plot. As they progress through the school, the historical skills that they have developed will help them to follow lines of enquiry and think critically when exploring historical ‘big questions’ such as ‘What would life be like without the Roman empire?’
As a school, we learn about Key Influencers in history and learn how their lives and decisions have shaped society. Our aim is to inspire the children to think about the impact of people’s actions and the importance of their role in society. In school, we aim to make history an exciting, engaging subject for the children through rich topics, trips and experience days in school to bring history to life.
Mrs Sarah Sayer