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Susan Harrison


History Policy 2016-17

History - Scheme of Work 2016-17

Please contact Mrs Harrison if you require any further information regarding the School Curriculum.


History at Fitzwilliam Primary School.

At Fitzwilliam Primary School we aim to develop historians who are curious about the world in which we live and inspired to find out about the past. We use History as a vehicle to foster an enthusiasm for learning about the past and the events that have shaped the world in which we live in today. Pupils will develop their understanding of themselves and their world by learning about their own personal history and also local, national and international history. This will develop pupils’ ability to ask perceptive questions, analyse evidence, think critically, argue effectively and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of the world in which we are living in. The History curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils know and understand the history of different countries in chronological order, from the earliest times to the present day, how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. 

Children will understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world as well as historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured written accounts of events. They should understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used, and understand how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. We will explore the connections between local, regional, national and international history, as well as investigating the connections between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history.

In History, children’s spiritual development is fostered through their sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.  Their moral development is enhanced by their understanding of the consequences of people’s behaviour and actions, and by investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and studying and appreciating the viewpoints of others.  Pupils develop socially through increasing their knowledge of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The cultural development of pupils is fostered through by their understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others, and their knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.