At Elm Wood school, we are historians! It is our aim to provide a broad curriculum providing knowledge, developing understanding of concepts, making links and instilling a love of History in all our children. Our goal is to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History, we strive to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies.
From Early Years, children begin to make links between the past and the present within their own lives. In Key Stage One children learn about people and events with historical significance and to remember and talk about their own significant events and experiences. They learn to understand where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and can identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. During years 1 and 2 our pupils learn a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms and understand some of the different ways that we find out about the past.
In Key Stage Two pupils are taught to understand connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. Children at Elm Wood learn how to construct responses that involve the thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information whilst developing a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Children learn about ancient civilisations and their legacies. By the end of Key Stage Two children establish a clear narrative within and across the periods they have studied and understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and that different versions of past events may exist, giving reasons for this.