Here at Wyburns we believe that history should inspire our children’s curiosity to know more about the past and it is our job to provide the tools that children need to explore and unlock the answers. Our thematic approach to learning ensures that teachers use creative approaches to teaching our children, whilst encouraging a strong interest and fascination about history and how it has shaped the world that we now know which will inspire and be part of their lives for many years to come. We aspire to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past, both in Britain and the wider world, as well as teaching a sense of chronology which helps our children to develop an enquiring mind and a deeper understanding of how events in the past have influenced our lives today. Our aim is for our children to think as mini historians, ask questions, look at evidence and become good at history.
Children’s historical knowledge and skills progress and develop throughout the year groups enabling them to grow and develop their understanding of the past. This is intended to not only be progressive, but to also be transferable across all areas of the curriculum.
History at Wyburns begins in EYFS as the children explore through play, drawing on their own personal experiences and active learning whilst beginning to build on their knowledge and understanding of the world, people and communities and the world and technology. Throughout KS1 and KS2, history is taught in themed blocks to enable the children to gain a real depth and insight in their learning. To ensure that historical enquiry skills and understanding of topics progress, these are carefully planned as the children move through the year groups. This allows our children to gradually think analytically, ask perceptive questions and use evidence to make judgements. The skills and knowledge grow and become more challenging and advanced as they gain more experience.
Teachers at Wyburns plan creative lessons and use imaginative and engaging hooks at the start of sessions to capture attention, inspire children, open discussions and develop thoughts, questions and ideas. History lessons are relevant and purposeful and equip children to become keen historians who appreciate and understand the world and how it has changed over time.
History is a valued part of the curriculum at Wyburns where we aspire to ensure that by the time our children leave us they can appreciate and understand the world in which we live, how it has evolved and how it could progress. They will have acquired the skills, knowledge, understanding and self-confidence to allow them to show curiosity about the world around them and the critical, creative thinking skills required to ask questions about the past and search for answers to help map out their future.