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An introduction from our History Lead - Miss Black

At Longlands, our intent is that our teaching of History will enable our pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching aims to inspire children’s curiosity about the past, and stimulate critical thinking, so that pupils begin to form their own questions about events of the past, and the lives of historically significant individuals.


During their time at Longlands, pupils will engage in discussions of historical interpretation and enquiry, that will help children to understand the complexities of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships in Britain and the wider world. Children will also engage in topics sensitive to their own interests, including discussions about their own identities, political, social and cultural challenges in their time and the rich history of their own locality. Our curriculum aims to allow children to develop their own skills as historians. Lessons encourage children to draw upon their prior learning and encourages reference to the chronology of events, by creating and observing timelines to deepen pupils’ understanding of how their History topics fit together over time, and furthermore examine the possible impact of these events.


Through their study of History, children will have developed skills that will enable them to ask perceptive questions, think critically and weigh the accuracy of evidence, sift arguments and develop judgements based on their current and prior learning. As a result, pupils at Longlands will be able to speak with confidence about different aspects of people’s lives and how they have been impacted upon by significant events, as well as how ancient civilisations and empires have progressed with the passing of time.


We intend for our pupils’ History lessons to enrich them with real life experiences, so that they can discover History in an active and creative way which will allow them to apply the skills they have been taught. Often lessons will include exploring links to Geography and other subject areas such as Art. Where possible, children will have a hands-on approach to enhance their learning, through examining artefacts, reading real historical accounts and outreach programmes, such as talks from historical experts.