At Brindle St James’ CE Primary School we follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for History. History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources, and when possible, give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance. We encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their experiences of events in the past. We recognise and value the importance of stories in history teaching, and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past. We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways, and that they should always ask searching questions (e.g. ‘How do we know?’) about information they are given.
Our long term plan detail a disciplinary concept and a substantive concept for each unit. This is to focus the teachers planning and give depth of understanding through lessons. Disciplinary concepts are progressive throughout school with 3 being taught in KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2. We have chosen these specifically for our school and they are:
- Race, migration and equality
- The history of the local area/ chronology