History

At Newborough, we believe a high-quality History education will help pupils gain coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. As stipulated in the curriculum, History lessons should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. In lessons, teachers encourage children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

The National Curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, 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
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand 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 accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Pupil Voice:

“It’s good to learn about the past and what it was like before.”

“I like learning about how things have changed.”

“We get to make fact files and compare old and new.”

  1. History Skills Progression