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We believe History fires children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. We aim for our children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our children consider how the past influences the present through concepts of compare and contrast. They consider what these societies were like, how they organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, our children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves by asking perceptive questions, thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, and developing perspective and articulate judgement. All skills that are prized in adult life. In History, our children learn to understand the processes of change, and understand the complexity of people’s lives through concepts such as democracy, power, republic, despotism, law, persecution, freedom. What our children learn in studying History can influence their own decisions about personal choice, attitudes and their values.

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