History at HCPS is led by Mr White and Mr Hutson
History should be a subject that captures the imagination of children and sparks an interest in where we have been so that we can better understand where we are going. Children should be able to place themselves chronologically, notice and study differences but more importantly see the similarities that cross much of human history. Children should develop into passionate, engaged and lifelong historians. Our aim is to teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity, and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus they 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 also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
Knowledge is still at the heart of the revised history curriculum with a focus on trying to make meaningful connections so that children ‘know more and remember more’. This is not only important for the children but also the staff who are teaching history. Through primary we cover over 7000 years of history. The aim is to make this engaging, enlightening and something in which everyone can succeed.
Through focusing on History as not only a fun and engaging foundation subject but as a subject that facilitates; critical thinking, seeing the world through alternative lenses, looking forward with the knowledge that what came before can shape where we are going. History helps children to engage with the world around them in a critical manner. Allowing them to learn from the past so that hopefully we do not repeat the same mistakes.