At Hallfield, we view History as a great deal more than learning facts. We see it as an opportunity to develop skills of enquiry and questioning; to become open-minded “historical detectives” and explore the past in an exciting way.
In our History classes, we aim to provide first-hand experiences of the past, with class visits, workshops and visiting experts playing an important part in all our topics. For example, visits to Warwick Castle and The Black Country Museum, alongside workshops at the Barber Institute and school drama delivered by ‘Sir Teach-alot’ all bring the subject to life for the children.
History is taught by class teachers in Year 1 to Year 4 and in Years 5 & 6 by subject specialists. The past becomes vital when children use a variety of sources of information to find clues and evidence, taking part in discussions with their peers. Through History, children learn to make comparisons and links between the past and modern times and discover how and why things have – and have not! – changed.
Hallfield children learn about people and events in the past, in Britain and the wider world, and realise that these have influenced our lives today. They are also taught how to investigate and record their findings in a cross-curricular and interesting, creative way including writing, art, music, drama and ICT.
History is at its best when it is a skill as well as a set of knowledge – and our approach at Hallfield is to encourage independent, self-reliant learners to develop real curiosity for the peoples, cultures and communities of the past.