At Walsall Wood, pupils are taught to consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, and how to draw comparisons between them. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.
Children learn that there is evidence of the past, from living memory and beyond living memory, such as, from artefacts and sources. They are taught to recognise points of view and begin to understand why particular actions were taken/events happened in the past.
In order to develop connections across time, our History curriculum is written to include threads that run through each time period studied, such as what it was like to be a child during the era. Our ‘Prepare, Practise, Perform’ ethos encourages children to build upon their prior skills/knowledge, as well as develop and embed new learning.
We enhance our curriculum with visits to museums and historical sites and through workshops. Reading a range of books, and accessing specifically chosen websites, is also a great way to help children develop their historical skills.
As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, we believe in educating children about their rights from the UN convention. History lessons help to educate pupils about Article 17 (access to information from the media) and Article 12 (respect for the views of the child)