At Dormers Wells Junior and Infant School, we take pride in knowing that we teach a History curriculum which reflects the backgrounds of all our pupils, parents and guardians and members of staff. Our curriculum aims to develop children’s cultural capital of Local, British and World History, as well as respond to current affairs such as BLM, the Indian Farmers Protest, conflict and developments in our wider world (for example, technology, politics, sport and entertainment). Topics are delivered considering the call for Decolonisation in the curriculum. We aspire to enrich our pupils with opportunities to investigate and research locations of local and British history. Pupils are exposed to primary and secondary artefacts which are analysed and investigated for usefulness as a source for learning. Pupils develop a schema of understanding that enables them to link periods of history through time together through themes, contrasting similar events and significant individuals in history. Overall, pupils are equipped with the long-term memory and skills necessary to become Global citizens and humanitarians.
In EYFS, storytelling and sequencing activities begin to build pupils’ understanding of narrative and pupils are encouraged to ask and answer questions about the world around them. Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. This lays a secure foundation for the development of historical skills in later key stages.
In KS1 children practice the skills of comparing and contrasting, researching, questioning and critical thinking. They learn about their local area and how the world around them has changed over time. They reflect on how society has changed through the impact of migration, changing pastimes and developments in technology and transportation.
In KS2 we delve deeper into the skills of enquiry and analysis. Children are given opportunities to reflect on their learning together with our school motto ‘Believe Aspire Flourish’. Children are encouraged to devise ways to develop their ideas and link them to other viewpoints of events in periods of history. As in KS1, children will be exposed to Primary and Secondary resources with a greater emphasis on evaluating their reliability. By the end of KS2, your child will have been exposed to a diverse selection of Local, British and World History.
Dormers Wells Primary School is a Right Respecting School we follow the UN Conventions Rights for children where we teach children about rights, through rights and for rights. We believe children who have understanding of their rights also understand how others and how they should be treated. Also, we aim to create a safe environment and atmosphere for our children. Rights Respecting gives children a voice to express themselves and challenge any injustices. They feel empowered to access information and make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing. As a school, we want to equip our children to advocate for rights where they can promote equality, fairness and safety.
Article 2 – The Convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.
Article 27 – Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and social needs and support their development.
Article 32 – Governments must protect children from economic exploitation and work that is dangerous or might harm their health, development or education