Babraham Primary School

Curriculum Statement – History 

Throughout the teaching of both History and Geography at Babraham, we aim to educate children about the world in which they live and how it has changed over time.  We focus on the acquisition of facts and knowledge, as well as developing key skills and encouraging pupils to think critically.  Children learn about their local area, as well as the wider world.  At Babraham, we are part of a global community, and regular international events support children in deepening their awareness and understanding of other cultures and places.

Our History teaching follows the National Curriculum and is enhanced through day trips to places of interest and residential visits for pupils in KS2, themed days or visitors to the school, as well as the use of artefacts and drama. 

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” Theodore Roosevelt

At Babraham, we want to inspire pupils to be increasingly curious about, and to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of, Britain’s past and that of the wider world.  We want them to develop an appreciation of the significant impact of many historical events and people, and an awareness of how these things have shaped our present and will continue to shape our futures.  Our teaching supports pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.  Alongside developing a sense of chronology, our History curriculum helps pupils to understand the process of change and the diversity of societies, as well as their own identity and challenges of their time.

Through our study of history, we teach and encourage children to:

  • Identify, ask questions of, and organise information from a variety of relevant sources.
  • Develop a broad vocabulary of historical terms, which they can use to access information and engage in discussion with others.
  • Empathise with, as well as critically evaluate, the decisions and behaviour of historical figures.
  • Identify links and contrasts between events at different times in history and different geographical locations.
  • Make comparisons between our present life experiences and the experiences of those who have come before use.
  • Use different methods to display their learning and understanding, such as written explanations and recounts, pictures, drama and artwork.
  • Understand the way in which history intertwines with geography, religion, art and current affairs.