At Meath School throughout our History Curriculum we aim to stimulate the children’s talk, interest and learning about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a growing sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. They therefore learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today. Our main aim when teaching History is to enable children to talk and think as historians.
These skills are embedded within history lessons and developed throughout their journey of the history curriculum through deeper learning. By the end of their primary education, our children will have a chronological understanding of aspects of British history from Stone Age to present day. They will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives through their understanding of world history such as the ancient civilisations of Egypt.
We strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative learning opportunities and where possible educational visits that support the children’s learning about life in the past and give them first hand experiences of life in the past. We aim to foster a curiosity about the past that engage the children’s curiosity to develop their knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
Aims for our pupils at Meath:
· to foster in children an interest in the past
· develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer
· appreciate how things have changed over time;
· to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.
· to enable children to know about significant events in British history
· to develop a sense a chronology
· to use language of chronology accurately when discussing the past
· to communicate observations and findings
· to be able to identify similarities and differences between periods of history and cultures
· to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
· to develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
· to help children understand their identity, society and their place within it