At Greyfriars Academy, we want our children to develop a love of learning, to experience enjoyment and challenge and to strive for excellence in their achievement. Concern for the child’s emotional, mental and educational development is at the heart of all aspects of school life. These values are central to the teaching and planning of history in that children are given opportunities to discuss moral and social issues which relate to humanity, war and peace, conflict resolution, development, poverty, social justice and human rights. Children are encouraged to reflect on our role in history and both the positive and negative consequences of actions and events.
In addition to teaching historical knowledge, we also teach important concepts which are central to historical understanding: chronological knowledge; understanding terms; cause and consequence; significance; interpretation; continuity and change.
We have a variety of ways in which we teach history at Greyfriars, but we will always address the needs and wants of the children when meeting the needs and wants of the subject. Therefore, we utilise many learning and teaching styles; History may be taught, for example, through direct experience and practical activity, discussion and questioning or roleplay and simulation. Children apply their knowledge and skills through number work, story, art, model making, music and poetry.
History is taught through themed lessons alongside and within other curriculum subjects such as Literacy, Computing and RE, as well as in separate History lessons. Trips and visitors also greatly enhance our history curriculum.