In the History Department our aim is to encourage a lively, questioning approach to History, which will arouse children's interest in the past and stimulate their curiosity into finding out more by research and enquiry.

History is considered to be an important part of the curriculum as it enables the children to consider how the past influences the present. Learning about the past and the methods used to study it help them make sense of the world in which they live.

An interest in History is developed through Knowledge and Understanding of the World in Nursery and Reception. Children are given ample opportunity to develop their understanding by examining appropriate artefacts such as toys played with by their parents when they were children. In Years 1 and 2 the requirements of the National Curriculum are followed by looking at topics such as the Seaside or Famous People from the past.

Children learn to study historical evidence, asking questions and solving problems and also develop skills in communicating their knowledge in a variety of ways. They research information from library material and IT sources, using cassette or video resources or through discussion and debate, role play and drama.

Visits to historical sites are an integral part of the subject and planned to support classroom activities. Visits have been arranged to local museums and buildings of historical interest. Children are also encouraged to handle and evaluate historical artefacts.

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