What does History look like at Chilvers?
At Chilvers we are enthralled by history and our children love learning to find out about the past. We focus on harnessing this natural curiosity and encourage the children recognise that historical events can be interpreted in different ways. They understand that we should be always asking questions about the past and are keen to do so. During history lessons at Chilvers, we take the time to help the children develop their own sense of identity and an understanding of their historical heritage from the moment they join the school in Nursery. In doing so, the children understand that their personal history may differ from that of their peers and teachers.
We have chosen to learn about historical figures and events that give our children an understanding of how their modern world has been shaped. In particular, we look closely at Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale, Guy Fawkes, David Attenborough, The Wright Brothers (and many more...). We take the time to reflect on these characters and try to understand how their actions in the past - and the present - have influenced how we live our lives today.
Where possible, we place emphasis on examining a range of sources to develop our skills of enquiry, problem-solving and interpretation. We try to offer our children hands-on experiences of the past; by example, our Year 1 pupils visit a castle to reinforce their learning about Richard Neville the Kingsmaker during the Medieval period, and our Year 2 pupils have previously visited the local Heritage Centre whilst learning about Victorians.