History teaching at Dorset House is stimulates children’s interest and understanding about the lives of people who lived in the past. We teach a sense of chronology, and through this children develop a sense of identity, and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today.
We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
The History Department aims to:
- Foster in children an interest in the past, and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer
- Enable children to know about significant events in British history, and to appreciate how things have changed over time
- to know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child’s citizenship education
- to understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture, and to study some aspects of European history
- Help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage
- Develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation