History at Probus School
At Probus School we aim to establish, develop and nurture in the children a love for learning about history. We do this through our motivating and varied curriculum, which covers local, national and international topics.
Developing a sense of chronology is important to us, and through this the children are able to increase their understanding of how the world has changed over time. Attention is given to ensuring that children understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today.
The history curriculum begins in early years developing a sense of past and discussing changes over time. The pupils learn about a time when humans did not exist on earth in their dinosaur topic.
The curriculum is structure chronologically so that pupils gain a strong sense of previous time periods and can locate learning with the journey through the classes. Revision of past learning is enhanced with memory/vocab resources that are passed from class to class.
Local history is prioritised so that pupils can understand the village, locale and Cornwall. This helps them ground there understanding and enables comparison with other times and cultures. Regular trips to significant places are arranged to help bring the study to life. Cornwall has many special places, especially from the pre-historic period and these are shared with pupils.
In school we have developed our own Museum space with artefacts to sort, classify, observe and explore. Pupils learn of archaeological techniques during the “big dig” and link with a local historians to discuss first-hand what it means to explore the past.