At Smithdown Primary, we believe that fostering a rich understanding of local and global history is essential in developing self-identity. We look back to explore how ancient civilisations have shaped the world and different cultures and examine significant events and eras in British history. This knowledge allows children to appreciate how a democratic and multi-cultural Britain evolved whilst developing a deep understanding of chronology.
By developing the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation, we aim to enable children to think as historians. We place emphasis on providing children with first-hand experiences through learning visits to historical sites and providing access to historical artefacts. We focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways and children are encouraged to ask searching questions. By learning the skills to uncover the past, we believe children will be able to make informed choices for the future.