At Woodfield, we believe that history education should inspire children’s curiosity about the past. It is an interesting and exciting subject which helps us to understand about other people’s lives, the process of change and enables us to make sense of the wider world. History tells us why we live the way we do and forms part of our identity. History should equip pupils with knowledge about Britain’s past and the wider world and provides excellent opportunities for children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, sift arguments and weigh evidence.
The history curriculum at Woodfield has been planned to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to work practically with a range of historical sources such as photographs, artefacts and museum visits. It has been planned to include opportunities to study the lives of significant individuals, including inventors, explorers, naturalists and astronauts. We think about changes within and beyond living memory and develop a wide and rich vocabulary of everyday historical terms. We also study significant historical events both locally and nationally/internationally. History draws on other areas of the curriculum and gives children opportunities to apply their learning.
Throughout all of the history curriculum, children are expected to use the 7Rs of learning. For example, every historical question posed requires them to be resourceful and use their reasoning skills and, when they come up against challenges, they will need to be resilient. The 7Rs are very powerful learning tools for all children in and their use encourages the children to be free thinking, creative, independent learners. We aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.