Hello! I am Miss Ward and I coordinate history at Hayfield Lane Primary School.
How will History equip children with knowledge and skills for the future?
A high quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Whilst doing this, it will also develop crucial skills which they will be able to use and apply to experiences later in life.
The teaching of history equips pupils to ask perspective questions, think critically, weigh evidence and sift arguments. They gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups, as well as the challenges of their time.
Throughout the teaching of History, children are encouraged to ask questions, evaluate source material and appreciate different viewpoints whilst also developing their own sense of perspective. These are valuable life skills which are essential to communicate effectively, reflect and debate in future life.
Having a strong understanding of the past, will inform children’s understanding of the present and events that may take place in the future. By deepening children’s knowledge of history, we are not only helping them to understand how the world has changed overtime but we are also equipping them with skills that can be applied to all aspects of life. Children develop their researching skills through the use of a range of sources and they are able to analyse and make comparisons whilst developing their enquiry and evaluation skills.
By engaging with the past, children not only learn the importance of chronology but they also develop a sense of curiosity about the past and begin to understand how people
interpret the past in different ways.