History

At Broadfield, our aim is to provide opportunities for children to develop as confident, articulate and well-rounded children who can succeed as individuals and contribute to their community and the wider world. Our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity about other societies and to know more about the past. We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. In this, students will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with intention to improve every students’ cultural capital, understanding of the world around them and their own heritage. History at Broadfield aims to be ambitious, and motivating. Ambitious in our coverage of History and thorough teaching of historical skills. Motivating, through engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all students an opportunity to question the past.

To meet these objectives, we have planned a topic curriculum which includes History and Geography. History lessons focus on developing historical skills and children working as historians. We intend for our children to have real life experiences and learn about history in an active and creative way. Links to geography and other subject areas are also explored. The planning of learning begins with the skills and knowledge that needs to be taught, while enrichment opportunities and ways to apply learning are carefully mapped.

Every year we build upon the children’s chronological understanding and historical knowledge allowing them to become informed thinkers.  Pupils are able to develop their enquiry skills and explore the reliability of different interpretations of History within different context. To enhance the education of history each class uses a mixture of primary and secondary sources. This gives children the chance to develop and retain knowledge across a range of topics, focusing on key concepts, year by year allowing the children to make links with previous learning.

SMSC is embedded throughout the subject. Lessons promote political literacy, from looking at the birth of democracy during Ancient Greece to evaluating the effectiveness of the monarchy throughout the Tudor Era. Our children are taught to understand different ways of bringing about reform, the significance of social issues and the consequences of failure to act. When studying World Wars, I and II they consider the cost of war on humanity and study how the local area was affected by the wars. Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the beliefs and values from past societies and from a range of different countries. They are then able to use this information to compare and contrast with their own values and beliefs and also those of Modern Britain.

We want our children to thoroughly enjoy learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.