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History

At Bournes Green Junior School, it is our vision that History will inspire curiosity and a love of learning. From Year 3 to Year 6, we believe in an immersive teaching that engages children with their past and the lives of those came before them. Our topic-based and experiential approach to learning in Key Stage Two offers children a window into the past. Topics incorporate British history as well as global history and span across time. Throughout the years, children will journey from prehistoric times, exploring the lives of cavemen, right through to investigating the events of the 1960s Space Race and beyond. Through rich conversation, research, interpreting historical sources and discovering the stories of real people, we hope our children will develop a deep understanding of the past and wider historical concepts such as Empire and gender. Furthermore, that they can plot events in chronological order allowing them to compare and see how life has changed overtime. By teaching children about the past, we teach them how to think critically, debate, ask insightful questions and to develop an informed opinion of their own. In addition, History allows us to develop an understanding of diversity, of the different lives people lead and the challenges they face. If taught with cross curricular links, as it is at Bournes Green Juniors, History can deepen understanding, promote enquiry and enable children to understand the significance of the people and events that shape our lives.