At Paxton Academy, we believe that it is essential that children have an understanding of the past and can see how history will shape their future. At Paxton, history helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversities of societies and relationships between them. We aim to help pupils to understand and recognise their own identity and the challenges of their time and the ever-changing world in which they live.
History is taught through enquiry based learning, children are actively encouraged to ask critical, historically valid questions and answer these using a wide range of sources, recording their findings in a range of ways. Learning each half term is centred around a ‘big’ question, to which the answer is unknown. Weekly lessons focus on smaller questions in order to ensure that pupils can confidently and coherently provide an answer to the big question at the end of the term. During history lessons, children have the opportunity to explore a wide range of sources as well as high quality images and videos. We seek to broaden pupil’s cultural capital by providing them with the opportunity to visit a range of museums or other sites where and when appropriate.