History At Wardley CE Primary School
History shapes who we are. It is in every family story, every building, every painting, map or new archaeological discovery. Understanding history gives us a better understanding of the world, of ourselves, of different places and people.
Through the teaching of history, we develop children to think like historians: how to use evidence, develop their questioning, to make interpretations and connections and to understand context. Above all to understand history is never simple, often controversial and that one view or perspective will never give the whole picture.
Our history curriculum covers a broad spectrum of local, national and worldwide topics within and beyond the National Curriculum. We develop knowledge and understanding (including chronology) alongside skills of enquiry and interpretation. Our curriculum has been developed with support subject specialists (such as the Historical Association) and much research.
We build in exciting first-hand experiences ranging from exploring artefacts, pictures and documents to interviewing local residents.
We make the most of all the access we have in Greater Manchester including sites linked to the Victorian industrial revolution and a range of Museums. We embrace our local and community history focusing on events, places and people significant to local area and contexts. This means that during their time at Wardley our children will cover links to local history such as: The Blitz in Salford and the life of LS Lowry.
The units of work within our history curriculum are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. Our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils; gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
More information about our history curriculum can be found in the documents linked to this page.