At Sandhurst we aim to enable pupils to gain a coherent knowledge of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want to ignite their curiosity about the past and equip them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. We believe that history helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and challenges of their time.
In Early years, the children learn about events in their living memory and this continues into year 1. Children in year 1 begin to develop their chronological understanding. They think about artefacts that are old and new and they sequence events in their own life.
In year 2, the children begin to build on this by learning about British history e.g. The Great Fire of London.
In year 3 and 4, the children continue to learn about British history for example, The Stone Age, Romans, Vikings and Anglo Saxons.
In upper KS2, the children’s historical understanding is increased as they learn about the achievements of the earliest civilisations.
Sandhurst School was bombed during the WW2 and the result was the single largest civilian death toll in the UK of that war. We study this in year 4 and have memorial assemblies and services involving the local community each year.
We celebrate Black History Month every October and throughout the year encourage children to explore the connections between significant events, people and how they have influenced the modern world.