History is an important subject because it gives us an understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. History helps people to understand the complexity of other people's lives, the process of change over the years, the diversity of societies and the identities and challenges of different time periods.
At Burnt Oak Primary we follow the new National Curriculum as of September 2014, which seeks to promote curiosity about the past. Our teachers aim to inspire critical thinking, and the ability to consider evidence and arguments before making judgements. We want our children to be able to know about the history of the British Isles from the earliest times to the present day, and how significant figures have shaped the nation. We want our children to be able to know about different civilisations both ancient and more recent, identifying features of their society and achievements and failures of mankind. We would like our children to be able to understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance - they can then use them to make comparisons and draw similarities, and write their own narratives and analyses about it. We would like our children to be competent at historical enquiry, including understanding how evidence is used to make judgements. We want our children to be inspired by their growing understanding of local, regional, national and international history, and hope to provide opportunities for the pupils to immerse themselves in their topics.
At Burnt Oak we believe strongly that children can only be inspired if they are truly immersed in a subject, which is why we often hold Dress-Up days when studying for a particular topic. More recently we have had Roman and Victorian Dress-Up Days and spent the days exploring the daily lives and challenges of that time period - it was great fun and enjoyed by both children and adults alike!
Here are some photographic examples of some of the amazing History-based work that children have been doing throughout the school.