At Lanesend Primary School, we want our children to gain a coherent understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our language rich curriculum should inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Children should ask perceptive questions and think critically, using sources of evidence to support their opinion. They should understand how people’s lives have changed, the diversity of societies and the challenges that were faced at different times in the past.
Characteristics of a Quality Historian
- A love for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
- The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
- The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
- A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.
Expectations of a Quality History
- To analyse a range of sources
- To be familiar with how to handle a wide range of artefacts
- To develop an understanding of chronology
- To understand how the past has influenced the present
- To ask pertinent, enquiring questions
- To question historical decisions and practises with reference to current beliefs and values
- To make appropriate use of historical vocabulary
- To organise and present ideas verbally, to a range of audiences
Aspirations for the Future
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Historian:
- Conservation Officer
- Publicity Assistant
- Heritage Manager
- Museum Education Officer
- Member of Parliament
Lanesend History Skills Progression