We believe that a high-quality History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The study of History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies as well as the relationships between different groups. We also feel that through History, children gain a sense of their own identity.
Therefore, we want to inspire pupils’ curiosity in order that they ask perceptive questions, think critically, discuss evidence and develop perspective and judgement in order to know more about key periods in the past. Through topics such as ‘Sleetburn Colliery’, we hope to develop historical knowledge and understanding of our locality. We also want our children to acknowledge the achievements and impact of older civilizations such as the Maya and Ancient Egyptians and we want to emphasise the political, demographic, religious and economic causes and consequences of conquest from invaders such as the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons. The study of history also encompasses topics related to significant individuals. Children investigate the impact and legacy of historical characters such as Neil Armstrong, Captain Scott, The Queen and Tim Peake as well as learning to identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods.