At Micklem we aim to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We see the value of History in how it helps pupils understand change, the diversity of societies and how historical people and events have impacted our society today. We have purposefully thought through how we sequence the learning of historical content (see the document below) so that children build up their historical knowledge and revisit key themes including Diversity, Ancient civilisations, British History, Empire and Historical Achievements.
History is taught as a discrete subject focusing on the key skills of investigating and interpreting the past through sources and artefacts, building an overview of world history, understanding chronology, and communicating historically. To support historical communication, we purposefully teach subject specific vocabulary (see below) as well as vocabulary for each learning theme. Where it enhances learning, opportunities will be sought to link other subjects (e.g. Art, DT, English or Geography) to historical subjects studied.
Our History curriculum builds from exploring children’s own and family experiences, through investigating key people and events in British and World History and finally provides them opportunities to use the skills they’ve learnt to explore themes in History (e.g. the changing power of the monarchy). Throughout we teach key historical vocabulary and provide opportunities for children to investigate artefacts and other source materials.
A Micklem historian will develop the ability to think critically, ask questions and think how to answer them, weigh evidence and develop judgements. A Micklem historian will develop the ability to communicate this understanding in discussions, presentations, writing and role plays.