THE HISTORY SYLLABUS TEACHES CHILDREN ABOUT THE PAST. IT AIMS TO DEVELOP SKILLS WHICH CAN BE APPLIED IN A WIDER CONTEXT.
In the British education system, source analysis and essay writing allow children to develop analytical and literacy skills which will be useful throughout their lives.
Aims of History at The Banda:
The aim throughout our studies is to combine academic rigour with a sense of understanding of the past, and the motivation of those who inspired it. We also try to do this in a way that will be enjoyable and interesting for the children.
How is this achieved?
Pupils are required to engage in numerous activities. These may include:
- Formal writing to develop communication skills.
- Classroom discussion to stimulate thoughts and encourage verbal responses.
- Examination of primary and secondary historical sources in order to view things through the eyes of people in the past.
- Empathetic work that enables pupils to relate to people from the past allowing them the opportunity to develop historical imagination.
- Dramatic reconstructions to assist learning.
- Use of iPads in the classroom to offer a range of presentation opportunities and bring in the use of various Apps in order to enhance their learning.
- Use of other visual stimuli, such as YouTube and DVD’s to bring the subject alive as well as opportunities to act out historical events and sequences outdoors.
- Debates to encourage critical thinking skills, teamwork and confidence in public speaking.
- Storyboards to encourage the sequencing of events.
Our pupils emerge from their time studying History at The Banda with critical eyes, and ready to look at the world with an inquisitive and open mind.