History - The Whiteoak Way
‘A People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’
Marcus Garvey (in Mary Myatt 2018 p. 174)
At the Whiteoak Academies, we believe that History inspires curiosity to know more about the past so that we can learn from our knowledge and understanding of the earliest times to the present day in order to shape a better future. Our enquiry approach to the History curriculum seeks to ensure that our historical projects are built to develop coherent knowledge and understanding of our past and then framed with a question to help create a clear chapter in the story of the world.
As a school, our own rich history, within the context of the local area, is a celebrated and inspiring characteristic of the curriculum. Indeed, our bespoke history curriculum is in part inspired by the immediate and wider local area thus enabling our children to develop a deeper understanding of the rich history of their locality.
As a family of schools, we recognise the power and importance of History to help children develop their own understanding of their place in the world and our shared identity and interconnectedness on a local, national and global level. Our curriculum is designed to be coherent and progressive building from the Early Years to Year 6, ensuring that our children gain an increasingly mature understanding of the global narrative as well as the depth of intimate local stories.
In order to help maintain and celebrate the integrity of the subject, we intend to provide an ambitious History curriculum which also seeks to teach children the skills required to by an excellent historian: Finally, it is our intent to build a History curriculum that ignites children’s enthusiasm and intrigue and helps to feed their love of learning, sense of fascination and wonder.