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A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Greet’s bespoke History curriculum has been written around the three concepts of: factual knowledge and interpretation, chronological understanding, and historical enquiry.
Factual knowledge provides our pupils with undisputable facts, such as key dates or the names of key historical history. Interpretation allows our pupils to begin to understand that history is viewed through one’s own ‘lens’, which inevitably means that the cause and consequence of certain events can viewed in a multitude of ways. This allows our pupils to continue the disciplinary tradition of argumentation (Counsel C 2018); the opportunity to argue that their interpretation is valid.
The concept of time is central to the study of history. “Sequencing, events, stories, pictures and periods over time to show how different times relate to each other and contribute to a coherent understanding of the past” (History Association, 2019)
Historians are detectives who enquire in to the past. To successfully achieve this they need to know how to research, they need to know the usefulness of artefacts, and also know how to question to form hypotheses to test and to critically evaluate historical sources.
Six threads run through Greet’s history curriculum these are: human endeavour, technological advancement, empire, emancipation, sustainability and belonging. These threads give meaning to the lives of our pupils. They progressively explain the following: why they are living in the city of Birmingham, why they enjoy the human rights they do, which key figures and events have shaped the wider world they are part of, and how they as individuals can influence the future.