At Norton we aim for a high quality history curriculum, which should inspire in pupils a keen yet critical interest in Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history through the acquisition of new knowledge and skills and, in particular, how knowledge can be applied to different periods, events and historical figures. They will have a good understanding of the chronology of major historical periods. Furthermore they will be able to make informed comment in relation to wider themes, such as societal influences, cultural changes and the development of technologies.
All classes in both key stage 1 and 2 alternate the terms with history and geography theme. The term in which history is taught, lessons are weekly and generally 90 minutes in length, however some classes will block their learning. Children have the opportunity to work alone, in pairs or as part of a mixed group when working on projects, reading or fact- finding tasks. Children are encouraged to use computers, the library, artefacts and interact respectively with outside agencies that are invited in. They will be able to retain information from experiencing first hand life as a Roman or Ancient Greek person. They are also encouraged further up the KS to question sources of information and relate knowledge to other areas of learning. They will have an understanding of, certain significant events and when chronologically they took place.