Approaches to History

At Crofton Junior School we intend to ignite children’s curiosity to help them understand the world they live in, how events and people have shaped the way they live and how history will shape their future. History helps pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We aim to provide inquiry based lessons in which the children are encouraged to be confident creative learners, think critically, ask questions, explore and generate discussion. Through our History topics, the pupils develop a sense of chronology, and a better understanding of how people and events have changed over time. As well as developing a passion for history, our curriculum provides the children with stimulating and well-planned enrichment activities to support and broaden the learning in school and to ensure a cultural understanding. Educational visits are made to historical places, museums and contrasting localities. Our planned topics provide the opportunity to practise and master the skills of English and Mathematics as well as other subjects.

In order to ensure that we demonstrate a consistent understanding of what age-related expectations looks like in Years 3, 4 and 5 as we build up to the end of Key Stage 2 at Year 6, we have highlighted examples of pupils' work initially focusing on the 'Chronology' programme of study. This programme of study involves an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history studied were happening at a similar time in different places. We have also highlighted work demonstrating expectations in Investigating and Interpreting the Past, Building an Overview of World History and Communicating Historically.

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