History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. It encourages them to question the events of the past and how they may impact on the future. It encourages them to think beyond themselves and consider how the world has become the place it is today. Young children learn about what life was like in the past, the beliefs and culture and how that influenced their decisions. In history, pupils find evidence from a wide range of sources, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. They learn life skills of research, interpretation and learn to develop their own point of view.

At Sambourne CE VC Primary School we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in history to enable children to think as historians. We encourage the use of educational visits, the study of real artefacts, and visitors into school to talk about personal experience. 

History aims to enable children:

  • to foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that History has to offer;
  • to enable children to know that significant events in British History and to appreciate how things have changed over time and why these changes have happened;
  • to develop a sense of chronology;
  • to help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
  • to develop the children’s skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation, enabling them to think more creatively and develop enquiring minds.