At Thurleigh Primary we aim to gradually build our children’s understanding of British and world history. Pupils need to have a coherent and chronological knowledge of our history and how Britain has been influenced by the wider world.
Many of our curriculum topics throughout the school are history based. We aim to utilise a wide range of resources in our teaching of history, including where possible first-hand experiences. In line with the national curriculum, our KS1 children learn about history within living memory, significant events beyond living memory and about the lives of significant people in history.
In KS2, we aim to continue to develop children’s chronological knowledge. We strongly encourage them to ask and answer questions about history and use appropriate and challenging historical vocabulary. We have a programme of coverage for history, which features heavily in many of our topics.
Where possible we make use of people, places and experiences to enhance our history curriculum- for example a visit to school by a collection of wartime tractors, walks to Thurleigh mound and visits to the British Schools Museum, the Shuttleworth collection, Thurleigh Airfield Bombardment museum and the Cecil Higgins Museum. We also make use of organisations such as History off the Page to deliver specialist experience days to our children, such as a cross federation Greek day for Year 5 and 6.
As part of our programme of on-going improvement, we are looking to further develop our local history work. We are going to focus this onto our immediate environment and the history of Thurleigh village.