History at Mitton
Our goal is to teach History in a fun and interactive way. Children are inspired by past events and especially love the gory and weird aspects of History (which is why the Horrible Histories series is so popular). At Mitton, we use every opportunity to teach History in a cross-curricular way. For example, English, Computing, Art.
"The history curriculum helps pupils to develop their historical knowledge well. For example, Year 6 pupils discuss the validity of primary and secondary sources. They can explain their understanding of ‘axis’ and ‘allied forces’, when discussing the Second World War." (OFSTED, 2022)
At Mitton Manor our aim through our history teaching is to -
The History Curriculum
The National Curriculum teaches History under the following headings: Chronological understanding; Historical enquiry; Historical interpretations; Organisation and Communication; Understanding events, people and changes. Each year group teaches a range of objectives that fall under these five areas.
Important History Curriculum Documents
How you can help at home!
There are loads of ways you can help inspire your children's curiosity for history at home! Some examples of this include encouraging discussions about different time periods of history, or going on historical day trips. You can visit museums, historic houses and talk about the topics that your child/ren are doing. There are many free museums, especially in the bigger cities. Use them as a chance to learn about the past whilst spending some quality time together.
Watching age-appropriate historical films or TV programs like Horrible Histories can also hook children into learning about the past and can prompt some fascinating discussions.
Books and magazines can also be useful as there are some fantastic children’s books based in the past. Whilst these are often fiction, there will be facts and figures in the books that children will remember. Some good examples include: anything by Caroline Lawrence (the Roman Mysteries), Goodnight Mr Tom (WW2 and evacuation), Stig of the Dump (Clive King) and picture books or non-fiction books that you can share at bedtime.
Further support and useful links
Chronology can be a tricky concept for children to get their head around! Here are some links that might help with this!