Dane Royd Historians
Explore, Discover, Dream
As Historians, we want our children to acquire a wide range of skills and strategies to enable them to explore and investigate our amazing History curriculum on offer at Dane Royd. From the Vicious Vikings to the Ancient Greeks, the Murderous Mayans to the political and local collapse of coal mining, children will learn about key periods in history which will hook their imagination and fascination for the past.
At Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, we want children to understand how the world, the United Kingdom and Wakefield has become what is it today by exploring and questioning the past. Our aim is to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the past and how this has impacted on their lives today.
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 the challenges of their time. We will encourage children to compare and contrast different experiences across different civilisations and relate this to their lives as children in the 21st Century. Through studying the lives and events of the past, children will develop an empathy and understanding of how history effected different groups in society and consider how the world has changed over time.
Through a carefully planned progressive-curriculum, teachers plan engaging topics which they think that will inspire, challenge and motivate children to learn. There is a two year rolling programme in which children’s skills and knowledge are embedded and developed during their time at Dane Royd.
Two Year Humanities Curriculum Plan
Cycle 1: (2019-2020)
Cycle 2: (2020-2021)
We believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics children will be fully immersed in their learning and deepen their knowledge.
Children will have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically. Teaching will equip pupils to ask and answer perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
We aim to extend our knowledge of key historic events and periods through engaging and enriching school visits which also help to deepen our pupil’s understanding.
At Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, we are preparing our children to live in a diverse and dynamic society. As Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.’ Children will leave Dane Royd as confident investigators who can critically question information presented to them, skills which will not only prepare them to continue their History journey in Key Stage 3, but that they can then continue to apply to any situation in their adult lives.