'Let all that you do be done in love'
1 Corinthians 16:14
At Great Milton we aim to engage and excite children’s curiosity whilst supporting the development of key historical knowledge, skills and concepts. Through an exploration of the past, we want to develop our children’s sense of identity and diverse cultural heritage.
We believe that it is important that our children begin to gain an understanding of history not just of the world, but also that of Britain and our local area. This in turn will give our children a greater appreciation of today's world and their place within it.
We have carefully planned our history curriculum so that as children progress through the school they will build on previous knowledge and skills. We want the children to make links between current and previous learning. Within this, we aim to encourage the children to gain a ‘mental timeline’ of the past in order to develop a sense of chronology and the occurrence of significant events. The use of class/school timelines is encouraged to aid with this.
For each history topic we have an inquiry question which is there to encourage the children to expand their historical skills by thinking critically and asking questions, weighing evidence and developing arguments and judgements.
History has a prominent role at Great Milton. We teach the National Curriculum and ensure that there is knowledge progression and clear development of skills.As a result children build an in-depth knowledge about a particular period of history and its significance.
History is often taught in a cross-curricular manner making use of role play, art, drama and music. We also make use of school trips, history days and artefacts in order to bring history to life and increase enthusiasm and enjoyment and gain a richer, deeper understanding of a particular aspect they are studying.
History is taught across every year group as a main topic focus either once or twice a year. The delivery of the curriculum objectives are consistent with planning and is reflected in the work seen in children's books.
By the time children leave Great Milton, our aim is that they will have developed a secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered. They will be able to think critically and have the ability to evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using appropriate historical evidence from a range of sources.
By the end of their time in Great Milton they will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age onwards. They will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this will be the study of world history such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and Egypt and the Romans.