The aspiration of teaching history in Fossdene Primary school is to stimulate children’s curiosity and understanding of the past and the wider world. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop logic 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 multicultural Britain. By considering how the past can influence the present as well as the future, they are better able to make their own life choices today.
History is taught in an interactive and meaningful way to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving and to become familiar with various historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarities and differences, and others.
Children are assessed by making informal judgements during each lesson and through the formal marking process following our school’s marking policy. This is used as a basis for assessing the progress of the child over the year and is reported to parents in the child’s annual report.