History at Merstham Primary School
At Merstham Primary School our vision statement A community growing learning and achieving together clearly sets out what we wish to achieve as a school community. Embedded in our vision are our values Community – Aiming High Learning to Learn and wellbeing
History plays a key role at Merstham Primary School. Children will build knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods. They will think critically about events and communicate ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. Children will reflect and discuss events from the past which will build a passion for history and enthusiasm for the subject. By learning about the past, we can influence children’s choices, attitudes and values.
History should be fun, engaging and be accessible to all pupils. It should encourage children to be curious and inspire them to ask questions.
We try to introduce history topics at an appropriate level. We think it’s important to our early learners that there is a more tangible element to the history we teach, so in EYFS, the history element in Knowledge and Understanding of the World, focuses very much on events in their own lives and people with whom they are familiar, e.g. their parents or guardians and grandparents. As they grow increasingly more sophisticated, we focus on topics with more abstract and challenging concepts
We view History not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. Through workshops and hands-on activities at Merstham Primary School we bring history to life!
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