At Gascoigne Primary School, we believe that children should be exposed to a broad and balanced History curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge which immerses them in a range of cultures and enables them to develop the use of their thinking skills to extend their knowledge and understanding. The History curriculum at Gascoigne Primary School is designed to incorporate the four main curriculum intent principles which are:
- To provide children with a sense of identity, helping them to understand who they are, where they came from and how they can shape the future.
- To help children to become more compassionate as people and more impartial as decision makers.
- To enable children to become all-round individuals who accumulate a balanced understanding of both the past and present.
- To equip children with knowledge of how society, technology and government worked in the past and how they influence the future.
- To help children develop essential skills required to become good citizens of the nation and the world as a whole.
- To help children understand society and their place within it so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage.
- To help children develop a passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how it is interpreted.
- To provide children with opportunities to think, reflect, debate and evaluate the past.
- To help children gain the ability to think critically about history and communicate their ideas confidently to a range of audiences
- To support children in evaluating and challenging their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources.
Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child- Article 13 (freedom of expression)
Every child must be free to express their
thoughts and opinions and to access all
kinds of information, as long as it is within
History and Geography Lead
'The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future'