The aim of history teaching here at Wykeham School is to stimulate the children's interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. 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. Thus, they learn to value their own and other people's cultures in modern multi-cultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. In our school, history makes a significant contribution to citizenship education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society. 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 so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
Our objectives in the teaching of history are to:
- foster in children an interest in the past, and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
- enable children to know about significant events in British history, and to appreciate how things have changed over time;
- develop a sense of chronology;
- know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child's citizenship education;
- understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture, and to study some aspects of European history;
- have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
- help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
- develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.
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