At Northbrook Primary Academy, we believe that a well-rounded History curriculum is vital in ensuring that children gain a deeper understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our curriculum has been designed so that children gain this knowledge as they continue their journey through school. Learning starts in the Early Years and Key Stage One with family history, the local area and key historical people and dates such as The Great Fire of London, The Gunpowder Plot and Remembrance Day. Teaching through our termly Learning Journeys, we seek to equip our chidren with a secure understanding of chronology. They learn about significant people and events in history and ancient civilisations, seeing where these lie in relation to the wider timeline of history. By studying British History from the Stone Age to Vikings, Roman Britain to World War 2. Such a wide time frame allows our children to identify how Britain influenced and has been influenced by the wider world.
Through our History curriculum, we strive to inspire childen through opportunities to ask questions, think critically, analyse evidence, debate difference and develop a curiosity and fascination about the pass and the effect the past has had on the modern world. We endeavour to teach our children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity between cultures and identify challenges of their time. History in this way is important in broadening children’s horizons, challenging preconceived ideas and developing life skills in order to prepare them for life beyond school.