Here at Bransty, we believe that for children to truly succeed with their future, they need to have a foot in the past.
Our children will be given a high-quality history education to help them gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through a passion for History, we inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. At Bransty we mould our children into historians, teaching them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We believe passionately that History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. History is what makes us who we are!
Aims of our Bransty History curriculum
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
• know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological
• narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
• know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
• gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
• understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
• understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
• gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.