‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’
We believe the study of history inspires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live and that of the wider world. They will work as historians where they will critically analyse different sources of information. It also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background. Most of all we want children to enjoy studying history, especially that of Snape so that see their part in the school's journey.
In Early Years our children gain an understanding of time. They understand the distinction between the past, present and future by, first of all, walys talking about today, yesterday and tomorrow. Then they go on to talking about them as babies, looking at the toys they had then and now.
In Key Stage 1 children develop their awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. They will also study changes within living memory as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant such as The Great Fire of London. Their learning will be placed within a chronological framework.
In Lower Key Stage 2 children will continue to develop a secure understanding of British, local and world history. Indeed, they will study a range of time periods such as Ancient Greece. Children will consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will also learn to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of different sources.
In Upper Key Stage 2 we encourage children to further question the validity and reliability of the sources of information. Their thinking around historical events grows in sophistication ensuring that they make links, contrasting and comparing different eras and events. We also introduce the concept of legacy both in a national and international context.
Listening to children during discussions, conversations around their understanding of historical concepts show a passion for the subject and an appreciation of chronology and changes in our world since the Stone Age. Children's mini quizzes, proof of progress activities and 'theme' pages show key concepts and vocabulary.