The aim of history at Connor Downs Academy is to give the children a wider perspective on their world and to provide the beginnings of an understanding of the human situation.
Alongside important historical knowledge of people, places and events, children are encouraged to develop transferable skills they can use across the curriculum and in later life, such as perceptive questions, thinking critically and weighing evidence. Also, by stimulating the children’s interest of other times and places children develop an awareness of themselves in relation to their community and the part they can play in it.
Attention is given to ensuring that children understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today. We also feel that developing children’s skills of enquiry is important so that they are able to ask not just what happened in history, but also to ask and discover why. We aim to help our children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, inspiring their curiosity to know more about the past. We equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
History helps us to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as our own identity and the challenges of our time. Throughout the year annual events, such as Historical Fun Friday allow the children to be immersed in the learning within a rich and effective environment. Staff and children ‘become’ people from different times and places, researching costume, culture, belief’s and origins that extend their learning beyond the classroom.
Annually on 11th November, Connor Downs Academy is invited to attend a special Service of Remembrance at Hayle War Memorial. Many children and families take part. Our Head and Deputy Head Boy and Girl in addition to class school councillors and other children from our community attended. The children lay a wreath to remember our fallen heroes on behalf of the pupils, staff, families and community of Connor Downs Academy.
As a school we value the significance of this occasion in our lives and have learnt a lot from our annual participation. We are always incredibly proud of the respectful way all our children take part and very much valued sharing this special event with the wider community.