At Danesfield, our intent at every stage of the History curriculum is to go above and beyond the basic learning expectations. We want to inspire children to think like historians, to work with evidence, argue for their own conclusions, and learn to distinguish between historical facts and the way people interpret them. Above all, by the time children leave in year 6, they will be able to demonstrate they understand more about themselves as individuals, as members of society and the role they play in history.
Through enquiry-based teaching, we adopt a pupil-centred approach, where children can make sense of new information and construct historical knowledge and skills. By the time children leave in year 6, children will have developed a sense of chronology, in order to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding, based on their historical heritage. Children will demonstrate that they value their own and other people’s cultures in modern, multicultural Britain.
We teach a curriculum that inspires pupil’s curiosity to know more about the past and encourages children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Children make real life and relevant cross-curricular links so that by the end of year 6, children demonstrate how their historical skills can be applied in and outside of the classroom.