At Alderman Bolton Primary School we are committed to providing a high-quality history education which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world such as: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind. It is important that children understand the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We believe the study of history inspires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live in. Throughout the curriculum, children are taught the key concepts of history to help extend their understanding and provide them with skills and knowledge that can be applied across the curriculum. These concepts are: significance, continuity, change, cause and effect. These concepts help children build upon their knowledge as they move up throughout the school.
In Key Stage 1 children will develop an awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. Children will also learn about significant historical events within the local area such as the impact the Romans had on Warrington. They will also study changes within living memory as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant such as The Great Fire of London.
In Key Stage 2 children will continue to appreciate history in a chronological context. They will develop a secure understanding of British, local and world history. Children will consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. To support children’s learning, appropriate trips will be planned for each year group as well as applicable visits to school from Historians.