Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

History vision and intent at TWS

As a Historian and by the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Through themes that foster awe and wonder, actively motivating children to ask ‘why’, children learn studies of world history, such as the ancient civilizations of Greece and the Egyptians. Woven into the curriculum will is local history and this is taught explicitly for a rich understanding, developing their heritage.

The broad historical and cultural awareness will provide opportunities for children to develop a chronological framework by investigating the past and how it influences the present. Artefacts, historical sources, and drama will be used to create an immersive environment allowing the opportunity for the children to be in the shoes of an Historian. Links are made between periods in history to enable long term memory and contextualization.

At TWS the children will be challenged by developing their historical enquiry and interrogation skills, allowing them to form their own opinions. Their learning will encourage critical thinking, enhance the ability to weigh evidence and generate arguments or debate which will in turn develop their sense of perspective. Fostering enjoyment, empathy, and curiosity for finding out about the past will encourage their future thinking and adventures.