In terms of purposes and aims, the new programme of study is very similar to the old programme of study. Enquiring is still included; questioning, interrogating, organising and communicating are still considered important historical skills; and knowledge and understanding are still at the centre of the new curriculum.
The new curriculum stresses the importance of chronological understanding, coherent knowledge and placing the pupils’ growing historical understanding into different contexts.
The historical aims are to: 1. Inspire pupils’ curiosity to know about the past. 2. To equip pupils’ to ask perceptive questions, critically think, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. 3. To help pupils to understand the complexity of peoples lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.
Through trips to historic locations, museums and visitors coming into school we help bring the past back to life through our teaching of the history curriculum.