”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"
History fires pupils' curiosity about the past in Britain and around the world and here at Oughtrington, we endeavour to bring History to life for our pupils through cross-curricular theme planning. We encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in a multi-sensory manner. It is not only about learning simple facts and dates but a development of the understanding of History skills, such as an understanding of chronology and using primary and secondary sources of evidence.
At Oughtrington, we ensure that History follows the National Curriculum. Our pupils are taught through theme basedwork, combining History, Geography, ICT, Art and DT, to give our pupils a secure and enriched understanding of a topic. In KS1, they will be taught to recognise the distinction between the present and the past in their own and other people's lives. They find answers to some quite complex questions about the past by looking at a wide range of artefacts including household items, toys and old photographs.
Pupils in KS2 will continue with specific thematic units of study, after completing formative assessments. The children investigate significant people, events and places from British History. They find out about the people who invaded Britain, including the Romans and Vikings and study a variety of ancient civilisations.
All pupils at Oughtrington are given the opportunity to participate in a number of class trips throughout the year and these are often linked to their theme work. History visits in the past have included Quarry Bank Mill, The Beatles Story, the Roman amphitheatre in Chester, as well visits to school from various people from the past.