At Ashmount children are encouraged to develop a curiosity about themselves and the world they live in. They begin by developing an awareness and understanding of the sequences, routines and chronological patterns that make up their world and are encouraged to explore their immediate environment and recent events in their life.
At Keystages 1 and 2 children are provided with opportunities to investigate key historical events and famous and ordinary people of the past. This gives pupils opportunities to develop curiousity and an understanding of how people lived at different points in history and how this differs from life today. History is combined with other subjects in a thematic approach to learning, sometimes being the main focus of study and at other times supporting a different curriculum area through cross curricular links.
History is taught as a discrete subject at Key Stage 3. Pupils build on their knowledge and understanding of historical events and use a range of evidence to find out about the past. They have opportunities to develop their skills in enquiry using printed materials, internet research and handling artifacts.
History provides many opportunities for all pupils to further develop their communication and IT skills. Teachers ensure it is taught in a lively engaging way, making use of role play, interactive ICT resources and maximising other multi-sensory opportunities.