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History Statement of Intent

In History at Sheringdale we aim to help the children gain a thorough, coherent knowledge and understanding Britain’s past and that of the wider world, as well as equip children with important life skills, such as reasoning and scrutiny of facts, that can be learnt through history. We aim to inspire curiosity and give children the skills and experience of working things out for themselves to create their own meanings about the past. From developing a basic understanding of the past in EYFS, to analysing, questioning and challenging sources and information different periods of history in Year 6, children are always developing historical skills whilst building on their understanding of historical eras, making links and connections between different time periods. 

History is taught in an integrated cross-curricular way through carefully planned topics. The History curriculum is brought to life through stories, drama, music and art. Our children enjoy a hands-on approach to History, using a range of artefacts and other information sources to investigate the past. We use these accessible, low threshold opportunities to develop children’s skills in interpreting, reasoning, evaluating and analysing information. Children at Sheringdale also benefit from many opportunities to deepen their understanding and bring local, national and global history to life through trips to historical sites, museums and workshops.  Our focus on historical enquiry supports children of all ages and abilities become enthusiastic, active learners in history, through posing their own questions and discussing how to go about finding answers.   Our intent is for every child to feel confident in their understanding of the past, its impact on the present and how history can shape the future.