History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world, and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world.
At Walsall Wood, pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. In History, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.
Pupils will develop connections through each thread of different time period they visit through our ‘Prepare, Practise and Perform’ ethos that is embedded in our History curriculum. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.
We enhance our curriculum with visits to museums and historical sites and through workshops. Reading a range of books is also a great way to help children develop their historical skills. There are some fantastic children’s books based in the past. Whilst these are often fiction, there will be facts and figures in them that children will remember (such as the Horrible Histories collection of books).