At Bridge and Patrixbourne CEP School, we aim to provide the children with high-quality history teaching that allows the pupils to become inquisitive learners, as well as increasing their understanding of the past of Bridge, Britain and that of the wider world.  

The History Curriculum at Bridge & Patrixbourne CEP School

The teaching of history across the school inspires the pupils’ curiosity and opportunities to learn more and explore more about the past. We want the children to develop a range of historical skills and apply them across all their learning in school.  

We see History as a puzzle for the children to explore, connect and understand. We will give the children the skills to question sources of information and form their own opinion based on the evidence available to them.  

We aim to link our History lessons in a cross curricular way, always striving to provide unique and exciting educational and cultural opportunities. Children need to know that the story of the past is told differently. History is created from the evidence that remains and the children need to question the validity and reliability of information.  Cultural diversity is celebrated as a school, and in particular through our History offer.  Our curriculum subjects address the notion that certain sources in History have been created in the past from certain viewpoints.  Our children are encouraged to challenge historical ideals and prejudices.   The use of historical fiction and non-fiction texts in English are diverse, and contextualise prejudices and ideologies from the past as well as deepening knowledge. It is vital that the children have the confidence to ask questions and to know which questions to ask. Through the teaching of history, children will be given the necessary training to be open-minded and respectful of evidence. 

Bridge & Patrixbourne CEP School have created a number of links to local museums in and around Canterbury and as a school we are surrounded by a plethora of exciting historical landmarks for the children to explore.  We pride ourself on our growing links with the Bridge local community through the Bridge and District Historical Society, we enable the children to connect historical concepts with local events. 

At Bridge & Patrixbourne CEP School, we have adopted and adapted the Key Stage History scheme of work to ensure that the school meets the requirements of the National Curriculum.   This is used as the foundation behind our curriculum offer, however, where opportunities are presented locally or from child inquisition, the curriculum is adapted. 

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