William Levick Primary School

William Levick
Primary School

History

Intent: At William Levick, we believe that the study of history enables children to develop a deep understanding of the past and its significance to the present and future. By exploring key events, people and civilisations, history education fosters critical thinking, empathy, and a sense of identity and belonging. The intent of the history curriculum is to empower young learners to become informed, responsible citizens who can appreciate the complexities of the world around them.

Impact: Learning about history at William Levick serves as a foundation for understanding the world, fostering critical thinking, and promoting empathy, so children can develop a lifelong appreciation for history and its profound impact on society.

Implementation: We have designed an engaging and comprehensive history curriculum that aligns with the National Curriculum and encourages active participation. This includes:

Developing Historical Perspective: History education helps children understand the passage of time and how societies have evolved over centuries. By studying significant moments and understanding the causes and effects of events, children gain a broader perspective on the world and its complexities.

Fostering Critical Thinking Skills: History prompts children to analyse evidence, evaluate sources and make informed judgments. By engaging in historical enquiry, children learn to question, think critically and develop their own interpretations of historical events.

Encouraging Empathy and Understanding: Exploring the lives of individuals from different cultures and time periods cultivates empathy and understanding. By learning about diverse experiences and historical contexts, students develop a sense of global citizenship and appreciation for the value of cultural diversity.

Connecting the Past to the Present: History helps children recognise the continuity and change that shape society. By examining how past decisions and actions have influenced the present, students develop a sense of their place in history and recognize their ability to contribute to positive change.

Integration with Other Subjects: History is interwoven with other subjects, such as geography, English and art, fostering cross curriculum learning. This approach allows children to explore connections between historical events and their broader social, cultural, and geographical contexts.

 An overview of our History curriculum can be found here and further details about History in our Foundation Stage can be found here.