History at Gresham

Through the teaching of History we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. We also teach children to investigate these past events and encourage them to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today. We also aim to provide the children with opportunities to work through the essential elements and concepts of History which are:

  • to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time to develop a sense of chronology;
  • to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world and to develop an appreciation of the contributions made by all societies and cultures to world development;
  • to help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of cultural heritage;
  • to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.