‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’ - Marcus Garvey
There are so many reasons why history is important to teach children, and it’s also important that we continue learning about history into our adult lives. This is because history is not something that can be “completed” or “ticked off” during your school years.
There are so many different histories to explore and understand, from the histories of different countries and cultures to different political movements. Learning about these different histories should be a lifelong process, and can improve our children's understanding of themselves and the world around them.
By looking at the past, we can try to understand why things are the way they are, and process how society has changed over time. If we understand context, we are far more likely to be empathetic to other people’s struggles and able to tackle problems in society head-on.
This is because history teaches us political intelligence, morality, personal growth, and how to learn from mistakes. On a more academic level, learning history helps us develop reading and writing skills, how to craft our own opinions, research skills, and how to analyse situations and sources.
How do we know children at KS1 are making progress?
Key indicators of progression: