Aims and Objectives
The aim of history teaching here at Broughton Junior School is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. In our school history makes a significant contribution to citizenship education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
The Aims of history in our school are:
- to foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
- to enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time;
- to develop a sense of chronology;
- to know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child’s citizenship education;
- to understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and to study some aspects of European history;
- to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
- to help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
- to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.
- In Year 6 the children learn about changes in Britain between the Stone Age and Iron Age. Children are also made aware of the chronological context of these eras in relation to the present, and the formation of the Earth. The second unit studied by Year 6 regards comparing the ancient Maya civilisation – a non-European society that provides contrast with British history.
- In year 5 the children learn about the Ancient Greeks, who they were and how are they still relevant today. An enjoyable trip to Waddesdon Manor is undertaken where Greek styled art and architecture can be enjoyed and learnt from to be included in cross-curricular lessons. They also learn about the Victorians, and what life was like in Victorian Britain – including the Industrial Revolution. Children look at how life has changed since then. Victorian Day offers an enrichment opportunity during this unit.
- In Year 4 the children focus on Invaders and Settlers (Anglo Saxons and Vikings) and the Tudors. During these topics the children research these eras, and identify key features of Anglo Saxon houses. They also investigate why the Vikings and Anglo Saxons settled where they did.
- In Year 3 the children learn about the Egyptians, Romans and Celts. They investigate time lines, food and culture. They also have block days where they dress up as an Egyptian or Roman, and investigate and research this era. Year 3 enjoy a visit to Verulamium which offers a hands-on learning experience and immerses children in ‘real-life’ history at a local scale.