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Subject Intent

In History we aim to ensure that all pupils:

• Know and understand the history of Britain as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.

• Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.

• Gain a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.

• Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.

• Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

How History is taught at Brize Norton:

At Brize, we aim to equip the children with the skills they need to become independent learners and thinkers. Learning goals for history incorporate asking questions, thinking critically, and debating evidence to develop perspective/judgement of historical events. To facilitate this, our pupils are given the opportunity to investigate photographs, documents, factual accounts, and artefacts etc so they can understand how we interpret the past in different ways. Visits to historical sites and museums are an important part of this, helping our children to gain further knowledge and understanding of what the past was like. Visitors to school also provide the same experiences.