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At Gilbert Colvin, we aim to deliver a history curriculum which is rich and engaging, and links closely with the requirements and expectations of the National Curriculum. It aims at providing students with a strong chronological understanding of the history of Britain and the wider world, as well as equipping them with the skills to investigate and evaluate aspects of history based on evidence found from a range of sources and enquiry based learning.

We follow the Edison scheme of learning, which means history lessons have cross curricular links, and we learn history during blocks of work, meaning we will have an intense several week long exploration of a specific period of time. The children use artefacts, ICT and books from the local library to investigate from different stages and people in history, from the Stone Age, right through to the 20th century. The school has strong links with the local library services, which offer a wide range of resources to strengthen the teaching of history within our school. This means the children have access to objects directly relevant to the period of time which they are exploring, and they can handle them and discuss what they show us about different cultures at different times.  

Our school currently focusses heavily on the use of children’s philosophical discussion in all subject areas to both engage children and help them make their own personal discoveries about topics. This is the same in history. Through enthusiastic and engaging discussion, the children develop their understanding of a period in time through theorising and building on one another’s ideas, thinking critically and asking thought provoking questions, thus developing their own sense of curiosity about the past. They are taught to understand some of the ways that we find out about the past, and consider how our awareness of the past is constructed from a range of sources. Additionally, children consider how and why the past is represented and interpreted in different ways by different people.  

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