“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” Pearl Buck
At Berridge Primary School, we want all of our pupils to understand the past and how history will shape their future. It is through knowledge of how our society came to be that we can successfully prepare for life as citizens of 21st century Britain. In their learning, children will also investigate the history of societies from the wider world; this will help them to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, diversity and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
The teaching of history should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to use sources to ask and answers questions, to explore the value and validity of the sources and seek to draw from them a balanced view of the past.
Our vision is for history to be creative, fun and above all, be relevant and meaningful to the children’s own lives and experiences.