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History teaching at Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase has three main goals, each of equal importance.
- Our first goal is that children are furnished with the necessary skills to be effective History learners. They must be empowered and educated in how to both ask incisive questions of, and be critical of, sources of information. Questions such as cause, effect, difference, similarity and significance will be priorities. They must learn to prioritise historical information in terms of both its value and veracity. They will be taught to be ever mindful of the role of bias and omission in historical sources.
- The second goal is that children be exposed to a body of historical information which they will learn and remember; on which they will apply the skills referred to in the first goal of our teaching intent; which is stipulated by the national curriculum; and which will contribute to the aims in goal three. This content will be delivered with a strongly investigative character.
- The third goal of our History teaching is that children have fostered within them a life-long love of the subject. A love of history and an understanding of one’s own place in the history of one’s own nation, culture and indeed species can be a source of well-being, fascination and enjoyment for the entirety of a life – it gives a sense of belonging and being rooted. Of equal value to knowing where our lives fit into History is knowing where History can fit into and contribute to our lives. The electronic age in which we live creates a stream of increasingly fleeting and transient trends and fads. Somebody born into this world can feel adrift in a sea of information, misinformation and uncertainty. A knowledge and understanding of the permanent and timeless stories which bind us together can be a lighthouse in the broiling ocean of gigabytes, mercurial social media followers and twitter streams.
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