“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origins and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Garvey
At Tanners Wood JMI School, our vision is to inspire children’s engagement, enthusiasm and curiosity of the past and how history has, and will continue, to shape our future and the world we live in. By studying how and why the wider world, Britain and our local community have advanced over time, pupils develop cultural capital and a deeper understanding of how the past influences the present; gaining a greater appreciation of today’s society and their place within it.
The school-wide history curriculum aims to instill children with the key knowledge and skills to gain an in-depth, diverse and critical understanding of the past. High-quality, investigative history lessons encourage children to strengthen their historical enquiry and subject-specific vocabulary by asking perceptive questions, analysing a range of sources and developing perspective and judgement. Building upon previous learning each academic year, children develop a chronological understanding of a range of historical time periods, key events and influential individuals.
As a school, we seek to broaden children’s real-life experiences both inside and outside the classroom through educational visits, interactive workshops, analysing artefacts and communicating key historical celebrations and events within the children’s own living memory.
We believe that teaching history in this way is important in broadening children’s horizons and developing life-long learners, who are equipped with the transferable skills to prepare them for future education and support their independence as learners in the wider world.