At Tor Bridge Primary School, we want to inspire children to think like historians, to work with evidence, argue for their own conclusions, and learn to distinguish between historical facts and the way people interpret them. Above all, by the time children leave in Year 6, they will be able to demonstrate they understand more about themselves as individuals, as members of society and the role they play in history. Children in our Reception classes begin to learn the concept of history as they talk about past events in their own lives. The history curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2 seeks to give pupils a solid foundation and broad overview in some of the most important periods, events and themes in local, national and world history. It is comprehensive but necessarily selective. The curriculum gives pupils a strong grounding in British history and in Key Stage 2, is taught chronologically from the first settlements through Roman Britain, the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. Deliberately chosen concepts as well as intentional thought behind the substantive and disciplinary knowledge taught through the the history curriculum allows for children to develop increasingly sophisticated schemata over time building upon their knowledge year on year.
To draw on a quote, in this case from Marcus Garvey, ‘a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’.