At Townfield Primary School, we are committed to delivering an exciting and relevant curriculum, which inspires our pupils to find out more about the past. We endeavour, where possible, to study our local history, exploring how it fits into and has shaped our national history. Children experience history through interactive and stimulating lessons and undertake field trips to bring their history learning to life.
At Townfield we want our pupils to develop a sense of chronology through an enquiry-based approach. We want them to investigate and interrogate a range of historical evidence and sources, and to consider cause and consequence when looking at historical events, discussing how particular actions have influenced events and shaped their world.
We teach our pupils to value and understand the importance of history and to communicate their learning in oral, written and visual forms, using appropriate historical language and techniques.
Through the teaching of history at Townfield, we provide children with important life skills. As they learn about the diversity of human experience, and reflect more about themselves, what they learn about the past can help shape their own decisions, attitudes and values in the future.
The History curriculum at Townfield Primary School:
- promotes positive attitudes and enthusiasm for history;
- ensures the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes;
- enables pupils to communicate their knowledge and understanding of the past using subject specific vocabulary;
- develops an understanding of British history as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day;
- teaches how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world;
- develops knowledge and understanding of significant aspects of world history;
- develops an understanding of historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence;
- encourages pupils to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions, creating their own structured accounts;
- teaches the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims, and understand how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been formed;
- imparts historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history;
- explores different aspects of history such as cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history.