At Overchurch Junior School, we want all of our children to be passionate about History, to be curious about the past and keen to understand how and why events occurred. They will learn to question why people interpret the past in different ways. We believe that high-quality history lessons encourage skills of critical thinking. Sifting through evidence and weighing up people’s opinions and arguments, allows pupils to develop perspective and judgement. The children gain knowledge of Britain’s past, and our place in the world, which helps them to understand the challenges of our own time, as well as what shapes our future. They learn how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. We explore how historical figures affect the course of events. We study ancient civilisations; looking at the achievements and mistakes made. Our History curriculum aims to excite and is full of topics that foster awe and wonder, as well as developing knowledge and skills included in the National Curriculum. We provide opportunities to use and apply skills from other areas of the curriculum, including English, Maths, Geography and ICT. The History topics will help children to gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change.
‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.’ Theodore Roosevelt