Weaving a journey for a historian at Brooklands Farm

At Brooklands Farm we believe history helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.  We follow the national curriculum to ensure children ‘gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world’ NC 2014.

Through our history curriculum we intend to strengthen the knowledge children have about the past to support critical thinking and inspire their curiosity to question and scrutinise interruptions of the past. We want children to critically interpret the past so that they can learn from the mistakes our predecessors grappled with and the resulting solutions.  We want children to know you learn from the past to create the future. Brooklands must become a sustainable community if children are to settle here and establish roots from which they will thrive. Our history curriculum balances national expectation with local imperative. As a new community we know that to thrive children will need to learn about – 

Migration –  because our community is new, migration is part of all of our families’ stories.  We explore this concept through different historical eras and zoom into specific stories through studying significant individuals.  This is inseparable to the theme of settlements

Settlements: because we are a new community, it’s vital children feel a sense of belonging.  By studying how communities have adapted, flourished, survived and at times struggled throughout history and often as a result of historical events, children reflect and compare these with experiences in their own community.  How settlements are formed and how people have organised themselves throughout history will provide context for children and their current place in time. 

Events, people, legacy and achievement 

Key occasions  such as Remembrance Day are used as an opportunity to teach numerous historical themes such as how specific people or events have influenced history and still impact contemporary society. Knowing that individuals can change the world links to the overall vision that we have for our pupils; we are weaving a learning journey where the golden threads of their cognitive, personal, social and emotional development have the potential for children to be the difference they want to see in the world.

At Brooklands Farm Primary School we weave our history learning journey throughout a broad and balanced curriculum. The design of our curriculum ensures pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s, including the local area, past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

Through our history curriculum we intend to strengthen the knowledge children have about the past to support critical thinking and encourage engagement within their own community on Brooklands Farm. We want children to critically interpret the past so that they can learn from the mistakes our predecessors grappled with and the resulting solutions.  We want children to know you learn from the past to create the future. Brooklands must become a sustainable community if children are to settle here and establish roots from which they will thrive. 

Food and farming: central to the story of  all societies has been food and in particular how societies learnt to become sustainable through framing.  This is particularly pertinent for our children because our whole estate is built upon old farmland and this tangible link to our communities history is frequently referred to in learning.  Children consider and understand that  for communities to survive and flourish their basic needs must be met and how this basic drive has shaped history and their own place within it.

Equitable societies: central to our schools values is to  encourage children to be the difference they want to see in the world.  Studying how groups have historically organised themselves to form equitable societies provides children with perspectives about equality and their place in contemporary society, some of which has been shaped by historical attitudes, events and individuals. 

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