Through termly Expeditions children study History as a discrete subject; travelling forwards and backwards in time, developing an understanding of British history as a chronological narrative, from ancient times to the present day as well as developing an understanding of the essential events and features of the history of the world as a whole, focusing on the earliest civilisations to the most powerful empires.
‘The Rights of a Child’ runs through historical topics, enabling children to make connections and consider the ‘big questions' of history, inspiring a deeper curiosity about how society has changed over the course of time, making history relevant to their lives and giving them an improved sense of identity and place.
Through engaging lessons, children develop a wide historical vocabulary and an understanding of key terms and concepts such as ‘civilisation’ and ‘society’ and historical concepts such as similarity, difference, cause and consequence. As well as developing an understanding of the importance of evidence when putting forward historical opinions and, for example, why some people interpret events differently.
Historical enquiry is also central to all learning. Through all topics, children carry out historical enquiries - building knowledge systematically and cumulatively in order to be able to answer a question. As children get older they generate their own questions, undertake their own research and decide how to present their findings.