At Manor, our History curriculum enables children to:
- use historical artefacts, real and replicas;
- use historical sources e.g. pictures, recounts and eye witness statements;
- ask questions;
- sequence events;
- explore the lives of famous people and why they are still famous today;
- learn about historical events;
- visit places of historical significance.
At Manor we ensure that history teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources. In each key stage we give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance, e.g. Bucklers Hard and St Margaret’s Church in Wellow. We encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their experiences of events in the past. We recognise and value the importance of stories in history teaching, and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past. We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways, and that they should always ask searching questions. Each history unit has a main focus as well as a light touch on a key historical concept: Chronology, Characteristic Features, Change and Continuity, Historical Significance, Historical Interpretation and Cause and Consequence.
In our teaching of history we contribute where possible, to the children’s spiritual development. We encourage children to work in different groupings for history and to take on a range of roles in group work. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to empathise with a range of characters from different historical periods. They find out how British society has changed over time.
By the time the children leave Manor at the end of Year 2 they will:
- be able to use historical artefacts, real and replicas to find out about the past;
- be able to use historical sources e.g. pictures, recounts and eye witness statements;
- ask appropriate questions;
- be able to sequence events;
- have explored the lives of famous people and know why they are still famous today;
- know about historical events;
- have visited places of historical significance.