At Sea Mills Primary we believe by becoming historians, children will develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history, helping them to further understand the world around them and how it came to be. Pupils will acquire a wide range of historical skills and develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage.
Through the study of history, we can allow children to appreciate how people in the past have changed the societies in which they lived, our society today and how it will continue to change in the future. It is vital that all children are engaged and immersed in their history learning, in order to develop their understanding of the world around them.
History is taught throughout Sea Mills Primary as part of a series of enquiry units from our Curious-City curriculum. The children start with an enquiry question, which has been created purposely to immerse children in their learning, allowing them to ask additional questions to deepen or broaden their understanding and prove their learning. Pupils are able to handle artefacts and to distinguish between primary and secondary sources of evidence. Children learn about historical facts and that evidence can be interpreted in different ways and that they should be critical thinkers when researching and presenting information about the past. Our history curriculum is further enriched through undertaking field trips in the local area, utilising the rich local history of Sea Mills and Bristol, and allowing the children to develop a greater understanding of the past, and how history is concerned with the changes we see today.
How you can help your child at home
Your child will be asked to carry out research during enquiry units, where they may need to access the internet or local libraries. Please help them to find relevant information. They may need to interview relatives or speak to neighbours, particularly if researching the local area, as this will support their understanding of how changes have taken place and affected what they know today. Bristol and the surrounding areas have a rich and eventful history with many historical places of interest that you can visit and enjoy on days out with the family, supporting your child’s ability to be a historian.