At Milton Keynes Primary PRU, History is recognised as pupils understanding, enjoying and appreciating the world in which we live. Fun and engaging lessons are vital for bringing history to life and allowing the children to become historical detectives. The teaching of history knowledge and skills is carefully planned and clear progression ensures children build on their prior learning and make secure links to other areas of the curriculum.
History allows children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We want our children to understand how people have lived in the past, to compare this to modern life and know that society today is built on the events of the past. History lessons hep children to gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background.
Children are curious, eager and confident to ask their own questions to extend their understanding, whilst using a range of primary and secondary sources to build their own informed responses to the questions they ask. Through the application of a variety of teaching and learning styles, pupils are motivated to enquire, consider evidence to support arguments and think critically as they focus on eras of history, significant individuals and ancient civilisations from all around the world, whilst considering how these have impacted our modern lives.
We aim to provide first hand experiences with role play, class visits, workshops and visiting experts playing an important part in all our topics. History is taught through our cross curricular topics. The past comes to life when children use a variety of sources of information to find clues and evidence and take part in discussions with their peers. Through History, children learn to make comparisons and links between the past and modern times and discover how and why things have changed.
During their time at Milton Keynes Primary PRU, pupils learn about people and events in the past, in Britain and the wider world, and realise that these have influenced our lives today. They are taught how to investigate and record their findings in interesting and creative ways including writing, art, drama and computing.