What is History?
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
At Cherry Tree Hill we instill and nurture a true passion for History. This is taught in a thematic approach through a curriculum that has been tailor made for our children to create a love of learning and to be fun and engaging. Key themes of diversity, change, society and relationships flow through every subject in our curriculum, including History. We enable children’s sense of curiosity about the past to thrive and to explore how History impacts on all different aspects of present life. Children will leave the school with an ability to think critically about History and to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence derived from a range of high-quality sources. An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods facilitates children to communicate opinions and facts confidently. Chronological knowledge and historical vocabulary are at the center of our History journey from our Early Years all the way to Year 6 and we pride ourselves in the truly immersive curriculum that allows History to shine as the important subject it is.
If you wish to know more about the national curriculum objectives for this subject and their coverage please see the relevant year group's Long Term Plan. This is available on our Website.
History At Cherry Tree Hill Primary School
History is taught in a thematic approach within our bespoke curriculum. History lessons will be strategically placed and planned within the half term so children's knowledge can be built on for a projected outcome. History lessons are enquiry based and will always start and end with a key question. Children will be introduced to timelines to support their chronological knowledge from Reception. They will use their own personal timeline to support past, current and future learning along side key historical vocabulary from Year 1 to Year 6.
History Quality Texts
Support At Home
Here are some links if you want to learn more about History at home!
If your child is struggling to engage with History or you want to learn more yourself please look to these TOP TIPS for history!
- History is best learn when it is experienced. There are lots of historic landmarks, sites and buildings in our local area that can inspire young and older minds alike.
- Take a historical wander down the Derby Heritage Walk and learn about how your city has changed over time.
- Introduce children to their own family History. Try and make a family tree to show how all the members of their family connect.
- Talk to your child's teacher and collaborate together to support your child and find a way for them to love History.
- Share historic based stories and picture books to make learning fun and engaging.