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History

History is widely enjoyed by pupils across all years, challenging them in their thinking, the way in which they act and the way in which they perceive and relate to others. At Harwood Park we firmly believe that History helps children to develop an awareness of themselves and their peers within the context of local, national and international events. History engenders a sense of identity; recognising the changes that have taken place which have led us to the world as we know it today. In celebrating our diverse heritage, History can help to promote both diversity and inclusivity. The skills required for learning about the past not only lead to pupils becoming critical, independent thinkers but also contribute to the development of a range of skills necessary for life such as literacy, numeracy and social skills. We recognise that children start their journey through History at primary level and that this stage is crucial in embedding the practices, knowledge and skills of the historian, which pupils will continue to develop throughout their education. We also acknowledge and welcome the transient nature of our community and therefore ensure that historical skills are taught in a cycle, ensuring that gaps are closed at the earliest opportunity.

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