History @ OMS

At Olney Middle School, history education is fully inclusive to every child as we provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum. We believe that a high-quality history education should provide opportunities for pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and develop a sense of chronology. Our teaching of History is engaging and inspiring and challenges pupils to be ambitious, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to analyse, appraise and critically evaluate historical events, people and periods. Throughout their time at our school, in each lesson, the children learn to refer to their previous learning and explore how their new learning will support their future historical learning. As Historians, the children learn respect for historical evidence, the ability to make critical use of it to support their
learning and develop a sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.  During history lessons, children learn the ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources. By working cooperatively, the children learn the ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry. Children will learn how Britain is part of a wider European culture and will study some aspects of European history. They will have a better understanding of society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense
of their cultural heritage and others.