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Welcome to the History page!

 

 

What is History?

 

History itself, is a story that is always unfolding, always subject to inquiry and ripe for questioning.

 

Jon Meacham

 

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

 

George Santayana

 

 

 

History at Birkdale Primary School

 

Learning about, and understanding the past, to make connections with how we live now.

 

The National Curriculum states that 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. Our history curriculum is built using our school curriculum drivers, and ensures that children have rich cultural capital, with the vital background knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community who understand and believe in British values, and how these have been changed and built over time.

We have used the Chris Quigley knowledge webs to develop our long term plan and work on the principle that the curriculum needs a ‘forwards and backwards’ approach.  This gives children the opportunity to build on previously learnt knowledge and revisit concepts and understanding.

Children have history and geography lessons on alternate weeks. 

By the end of each milestone (Year 1/Year 2, Year 3/Year 4, Year 5/Year 6), the goal is for children to display sustained mastery, or for some children a greater depth of understanding.

EYFS

 

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members… they know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, communities and traditions. Good Early Years practice is based upon an integrated, child-centred curriculum. Several areas of learning are important for laying the foundations for developing solid historical enquiry skills throughout a child's primary school education and beyond.

 

KEY STAGE 1 AND 2

We are living in an increasingly interconnected and complex world were questioning sources, intentions and contexts with a critical, analytical mind is vital. With this in mind throughout key stage 1 and 2 we learn about key historical periods, people and events through the prism of developing sophisticated historical inquiry skills and trying to develop children's knowledge and skills pertaining to key concepts set out below.

 

Investigating and interpreting the past

 

This concept involves recognising that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence

Building an overview of world history

 

This concept involves an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and that these features are similar and different across time periods, and an understanding that life is different for different sections of society.

Understand chronology

 

 

This concept involves an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history happened at similar times in different places

Communicate historically

 

 

This concept involves using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past.

 

 

 

 

 

Our History Ambassador says...

 

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Pupil Voice

 

This is what our pupils say about History at Birkdale Primary....

 

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Examples of Children's work and Displays

 

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Our learning journey - a visual guide

History long term plan

History Policy

 

History Key Vocabulary

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