“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”
By the end of a child’s journey at Beanfield, they will have been inspired to explore Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; to know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with educational visits and visitors.
History lessons are linked to the wider topic for each year group, for example A Trip to the Tudors in Year 2, Walk Like an Egyptian in Year 4 and All Aboard the Titanic in Year 6. Sequences of lessons build over several weeks building knowledge and skills over time. Children are encouraged to take an in depth look at key people and events and the skills of historical enquiry are used to discover what we have learned from the past. We encourage the children to develop an interest and passion for history and an awareness of the past, they learn about all aspects of life in different periods, ranging from the Stone Age to Modern Day.
Children use various sources of information as they learn to describe and explain historical change and cause. To enrich their knowledge and understanding of the time period, children have the opportunity to experience visits to historically significant locations such as Holdenby House and Wicksteed Park and we also arrange visitors into the school to support children’s learning – Portals to the Past support learning about the Egyptians, Ancient Greeks and the Vikings.