At Aboyne Lodge, our aim is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people and communities who lived in the past, both in Britain and the wider world. By following an enquiry led approach, we aim to develop open-minded, curious children, who have a sense of identity and cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. We encourage them to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain by considering how people lived in the past.
We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and help them develop skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving. We aim for the children to be able to use their historical knowledge to make comparisons between time periods, significant events and individuals. We also encourage critical thinking and questioning across all topic areas from EYFS to Year 6. Our topics range from the story of Scott of the Antarctic - a story about heroism and sacrifice as well as noble defeat - to the periods of pre-history where, without any written evidence, we discuss "How do we possibly know?" to a unit on Crime and Punishment where the children study a period of 1000 years covering stories about criminals and how fairly they were treated.
Our enquiry led approach across the school provides opportunities for informed debate and we endeavour to relate issues to the present day wherever possible to ensure that our history teaching also contributes to the children's citizenship education.
By the end of Year 6 our aim is for the children to be curious, creative, and critical historical thinkers who are able to investigate and interpret the past using concepts such as change and continuity, similarity and difference, cause and consequence and significance, understand chronology and have a rich and deep understanding of Britain's past as well as that of the wider world.