Why do we teach history at Mersea Island School?
Why do we teach History at Mersea Island School?
The aim of history teaching at Mersea Island School is to provide a quality first historyeducation, that inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the history of the local area and wider world. They will explore the life of people who lived in the past, and examine how this affects their lives today.
Therefore, our curriculum is designed to:
Promote interest of the past, and to develop an understanding that enables
children to enjoy world history.
To equip with the knowledge of significant events in British history, and to
appreciate how things have changed over time.
To develop a sense of chronology using timelines.
To know and understand how the British system of democratic government
has developed over time.
To understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture, and to explore
aspects of European history.
To have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the
To help children understand modern day societies, linking to British Values.
To equip children with the skills of: enquiry, investigation, analysis, and
History at MIS focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We place an
emphasis on examining and handling historical artefacts and primary sources. In
each key stage, we give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical
significance. We encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their
experiences of events in the past. We recognise and value the importance of stories
in history teaching, and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in
the past. We undertake local fieldwork by interviewing family and older friends about
changes in their own and other people’s lives. We use drama, dance and poetry to
act out historical events, and focus on helping children to understand that historical
events can be interpreted in different ways.