In our school the teaching of history inspires curiosity about the past and how it has shaped the world in which we live today. History teaching at Fritwell focuses on enabling children to think like historians. Our curriculum is planned to ensure historical knowledge is taught alongside the development of subject specific skills including; investigating and interpreting the past, building an overview of world history, understanding chronology, interpretations of evidence, changes within a time and across time periods and cause and consequence.
We want pupils to be able to ask pertinent questions about the past, analyse evidence, think critically, appreciate different perspectives and develop informed judgements. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.
History at Fritwell is taught through broad, challenging and inspiring topics, which are used to deliver the content within a meaningful context and wherever possible make connections to learning in other subjects. The topics have been designed to complement and build on one another with clear progression and links so that in subsequent year groups, children will be able to explore concepts more deeply, applying their knowledge in different contexts.