The aim of history at Oakley CE Combined School is to develop skills of enquiry and investigation through:
- Teaching history in interesting and creative ways, by applying skills from literacy, art, and drama. There are many history focused visits and visitors across the year which allow the children to experience learning first hand, by looking at artefacts from history, and dressing up in the style of the period;
- Encouraging children to explore and learn from first and second hand evidence. Children challenge their current knowledge, and persevere with their learning to debate ideas and beliefs;
- Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, by keeping an open mind, and generating questions and ideas, making guesses and speculating possible explanations;
- Showing compassion towards other cultures and religions, as well as the beliefs and opinions of others within class discussion and debate;
- Gaining historical perspective through placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history, and making compassionate responses to world events.
We offer a rich and varied range of teaching approaches to achieve these ends, always striving to challenge every one of our pupils to make the maximum progress regardless of their starting point, with an understanding that different levels of support may be required to help them achieve their goals.