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Southdale Church of England

Junior School


“How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from? How can you tell what is going to happen, unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are who we are – and about what’s next”

Tony Robinson, Actor and Television Presenter


At Southdale we believe it is important for children to understand their place in the world and to have an awareness of their past in order to shape their visions of the future. A cross curricular approach to the Humanities inspires and enthuses children’s imagination and is a powerful motivator.

Through the study of History, children make sense of their world and enrich their understanding of it. We believe it is a tool of learning and communication and that skills developed through the study of History are applicable in everyday life. It fires curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. It connects Britain’s past with the present and the future, giving a deeper understanding of themselves and others and a sense of belonging.

Our aims are:

  • To promote curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world
  • To consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and the politics involved
  • To consider how beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions
  • To develop children’s knowledge of significant events and people
  • To introduce pupils to historical enquiry through studying evidence, asking questions and problem-solving
  • To enrich and support other areas of the curriculum.

History Policy Document