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Through the teaching of History at Cookley we...

  • stimulate curiosity about the past
  •  foster a love of history and life-long learning
  • enable children to make personal connections with the past
  • increase knowledge and understanding of the history of Britain, Europe and the world
  • develop a secure understanding of chronology
  • help pupils develop a sense of identity through studying the history of their locality
  • develop an understanding of their place in the world
  • give opportunities to convey understanding / interpretation of past events in a variety of ways
  • provide situations which foster independent / co-operative activities
  • develop independent research skills through enquiry-based learning


History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources. In each key stage we give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance. We also recognise that it is crucial for our children to engage in history at a personal level. Therefore, we teach history through sensory experiences such as re-enactments, drama and role play, the use of our museum and visitors. We recognise the value of personal stories in history teaching and we regard this as an important way of stimulating interest in the past. We focus on helping children understand that historical events have been interpreted in different ways, and that they should always ask searching questions such as “How do we know this source is accurate?”, when confronted with information.

We recognise that in all classes children have a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding in history, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge to the ability of the child.

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