'A people without the knowledge of their past, origins and culture is like a tree without roots'
At Canklow we believe that History should be a ‘hands-on’ subject in which the children can drive the direction of their learning. Through the use of high-quality resources, visitors and school trips we aim to provide all children access to unique learning experiences. We actively encourage children to ask questions and complete their own research to further their learning.
At Canklow Woods Primary we aim to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. This will enable our children to understand and develop a curiosity about their own history, as well as that of the United Kingdom and the wider world. We hope to provide them with the skills to understand changes over time and the challenges of our own time.
We teach History by focusing on four main strands:
- Hierarchy & Power
- Exploration & Invention
- Community & Culture
- Conflict & Disaster.
These strands allow us to focus the children's learning, and aid them when making comparisons between different historical eras. We aim to take a cross curricular approach when teaching History, in order to embed learning across all areas and provide links to strengthen the knowledge of our pupils.
We teach History in blocks either across a half-term or full term. Lesson lengths may vary. We aim to include shorter lessons and activities in order to revisit learning points and embed learning.
We also aim to provide our children with engaging trips and visitors in order to equip them with contextual knowledge and interesting hooks to their learning; making History come to life.
Within the foundation stage and Key Stage 1 our History curriculum allows us to focus on history topics related to the children. They study the history of our local area as well as the history of their own lives. This helps these children to gain a sound understanding of their place in the world as well as of their place in time. Children will also look at major historical events and figures.
As children develop and progress through Key Stage 2, they begin to study historical eras in more depth. These range from the Stone Age in Year 3 to World War II in Year 6. This allows children to gain an understanding of significant civilisations and assess the influence they have had on our modern world.