In history, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.
History is concerned with chronology and is the study of evidence about the past. It gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, and cultural relationships. History is about real people and real events which happened in the past.
History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world.
Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions.
As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.
They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.
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