Subject Leader: Mr Siddons
The National Curriculum (2014) sees history as essential for helping pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. A high-quality history education therefore should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, and equip them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. It should also help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.
History at Caedmon
History at Caedmon helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past of Britain and the wider world. Pupils will leave school with a sound understanding of their own personal history, the history of their local area and how these link with British and international history.
Through a range of different approaches and with appropriate scaffolding, history at Caedmon will encourage pupils’ curiosity and interest in the history of their own environment and beyond. Pupils will develop a sense of their own identity and will be able to understand the complexity, diversity and the relationships within and between different societies. Pupils are exposed to a range of historical sources – including authentic artefacts and documents – and lessons are supplemented by trips to museums and historical sites and visitors to the school.
By developing skills in interpreting and evaluating historical sources, pupils will leave school with the tools to think like historians: to ask and independently look for answers to perceptive questions and to critically examine evidence and competing arguments. Through an understanding of chronology, and historical concepts like cause and effect and continuity and change, pupils will also begin to develop an increased understanding of the present in the context of the past.
History at Caedmon also aims to make history engaging, and pupils here find the subject ‘fun’ and ‘enjoy learning about the past.’ Pupils particularly like the variety of ways history is taught and they also enjoy going on trips, which include Jarrow Hall and the Great North Museum and immersive workshops delivered by That History Bloke.