At the Duke of Norfolk, History is an essential part of the Curriculum and should be studied in its own right. History gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. We aim to fire the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the world. History plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. While history is about real people who lived in the past, its fundamental concern is the understanding of human conditions, set in the context of time. The children engage in the study of life in the past, of thoughts, beliefs, emotions and actions, as people related to each other and their environment and as they encountered and solved problems.
We look to challenge the children to see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals, what they learn can influence their own decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.
In history, children find evidence, consider it and reach their own conclusions. To do this, they need to research, sift through evidence and argue their point of view-skills that are essential in adult life.