Vision for History at Stoke Park Junior School
The aim of History teaching at Stoke Park Junior School, is to stimulate the child’s interest and understanding about the life of people. We help pupils gain knowledge of Britain’s past, and that of the wider world. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this, they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Therefore, they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern, multicultural Britain. By considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and by doing so, develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.
History teaching, focuses on enabling children to think as historians. Stoke Park Junior School places an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources. We give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance such as the D-Day museum, Butser Hill Ancient Farm and visiting Winchester. We have exciting focus days based around the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age, Ancient Greeks, Saxons, Romans and Celts, and the Ancient Egyptians.
We recognise and value the importance of cross curricular learning, drama and storytelling in History teaching, and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past. We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways and that they should always ask searching questions, such as ‘how do we know?’ about information they are given.
By providing these opportunities, we ensure that our children are motivated,
confident, life-long learners who will continue to explore and question the world around them, way beyond their time of Primary education.
If you have any questions about the teaching and learning of History at our school, please do not hesitate to contact our History Leader, Mr Andy Steels.