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How do we approach History at Heathfield?

We aim to give children an awareness of the past and how it was different from the present. We provide opportunities for children to develop a real sense of chronology and equip them with the ability to explore some of the ways historians find out about the past. The focus in our teaching is for children to know and understand history from the earliest of times to the present day.

As children go through school they will know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; empires and their characteristic features as part of non-European societies.

Children will be taught to understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.


By the time children leave Heathfield they will have an understanding of how their lives are affected by the events of the past; a knowledge of the sequence of key events; an understanding of historical concepts; an ability to question sources and accounts; as well as a thorough enjoyment of the subject.

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