“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Children gain a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history and use historical terms. They can answer historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference and construct informed responses using evidence and primary sources. Teaching focuses on changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks, the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain including County Durham, Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons, the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England and what has changed since the Romans left. Children also study the Mayans as a non-European topic. Local history studies are carried out to ensure the children have knowledge of their own history. These include a study of a local individual with a link to mining and Durham’s involvement in WW1.