At Bonner Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. Using an enquiry-based approach to learning, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.
We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;
- The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;
- The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
- A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics;
- A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
Each unit begins with a ‘Big Question’ which is referenced throughout the unit. Each week also has an enquiry question to focus the learning throughout the lesson. This allows children to develop their ability to ask and answer historical questions, develop their skills as researchers and at the same time develop their understanding of key concepts linked to questions of change, causation and significance.
Progression and assessment of history learning at Bonner
Most units have access to an end of unit quiz that can assess the children’s ability to recall the knowledge learnt throughout the topic. Many of the units end with a final activity where skills and knowledge can be assessed by the teacher through the child’s discussion and written work. Teachers will use the following progression statements to support their assessment process throughout each unit of learning.
Black History Month
During October, the whole school celebrates Black History Month.
Black History Month is a way to celebrate and recognise the contribution of Black people to British society. Black History Month in the UK celebrates the history, arts and culture of Black British people.
At Bonner, we believe Black History Month is important because it is a time when we learn about Black British people, who are not represented as much as other groups in books, films and television. It is important to see people who look like ourselves in the books that we read and the programmes that we watch.
Celebrating Black History Month at our school also reminds us of the importance of having respect and tolerance for all cultures. (Article 30 - Every child has the right to their own culture and beliefs).
Link to the official Black History Month website:
Link to CBBC’s Black History Month page:
Link to BBC Newsround Black History Month page:
Link to download the national curriculum:
Link to Bitesize History KS1 section of the BBC website:
Link to Bitesize History KS2 section of the BBC website: