At Alexander McLeod Primary School, we believe history makes a valuable and distinctive contribution to pupils’ education.
Learning about the past and the methods used to study sources and draw conclusions help pupils to understand and contribute to the world in which they live.
Through Enquiry Based Learning, we inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and how it links to our lives today. Our high-quality history education helps pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
We provide a well-planned and sequenced history curriculum that helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach the children the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving. We believe that having sound historical knowledge and skills will help equip children for their futures in education, the workplace and citizenship.
We recently received the Historical Association Silver Quality Mark Award where the assessor was impressed by the enrichment opportunities available in history and the learning approaches we use which include a variety of drama techniques, using of a range of source materials and time-lining activities. They were also impressed by our teaching which ‘enables pupils to recap and utilise existing knowledge to support further investigation and reach conclusions independently.’
Meet the History Leader
I am Mrs Csicsek and I have been the history leader at our school since September 2014. I have taught in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 throughout my career.
Since I can remember, I have loved learning about the past. From running around Lesnes Abbey to walking through the secret wartime tunnels at Dover Castle, I was always happiest when I was using my imagination to discover the past. My love of the past, research and essay writing led to my chosen degree subject in, you may have guessed by now…History!
My aim is to help to shape a history curriculum that follows the National Curriculum and inspires children to want to know more, to understand the past and to develop the skills they need to be competent historians.