Our vision for History at Birklands

We believe our History lessons will develop our children's curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. We aim to bring History to life and to instill a desire to want to find out about the past. We view History as an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills of enquiry and questioning; to become open minded “historical detectives” and explore the past in an engaging way.

Our History themes throughout the year, give scope for cross curricular work. Through History, children learn to make comparisons and links between the past and modern times and discover how and why things have changed. They learn about inspirational people and events from the past, in Britain and the wider world. we want our children to realise that these have influenced our lives today.

The purpose of teaching history at Birklands is:

  • To understand that actions/events/people can have impact on society and the wider world. This may be positive or a negative impact.
  • Develop and nurture curiosity and inquisitiveness by posing each theme/ lesson as a question.
  • Provide all children with opportunities to develop a deep understanding of the world around them, acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think like an historian.
  • Develop rational thinking and encourage children to not just accept things, the need for evidence is key.
  • Encourage creative thinkers when researching, investigating, exploring and experimenting possible answers/solutions to the question.
  • Ensure that all lessons are interactive, encouraging peer talk, investigation and questioning preconceptions.
  • Raising aspirations by immersing children in new knowledge and experiences, showing them that this subject opens up opportunities to a multitude of careers they may not have previously considered.
  • Develop determination, resilience, self-motivation and reflective thinking by actively highlighting how historians approach their work and research
  • Ensure that knowledge and research is linked to wider understanding of the impact historical events/ people have had on society/culture/ people today.

History links:

History Curriculum Intent


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