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SMSC in History at Dell 



The study of History involves a sense of sparking curiosity and mystery in how and why events in the past happened. It also raises questions as to what could have happened if events resulted in different outcomes. Artefacts and primary sources are used to give children a sense of the past and aid children in understanding the significance of people who produced and used these objects and sources. Children are encouraged to explore through role-play and reflect upon different interpretations of the past. 


Children are asked to consider and comment on moral questions and dilemmas. Events and beliefs in the past will often be at odds with what we would consider unacceptable today. Children will be encouraged to show compassion for people facing dilemmas and to empathise with decisions which people in the past made and the reasoning behind these decisions. Notions of right and wrong are explored in connection with events from the past, linking with the value of social justice. 


Children will explore the similarities and contrasts between past and present societies. They learn about society through the lenses of empire, industry and revolution, social justice and monarchy. Through these themes children will gain a better understanding of the modern day society we live in today. Children will also be encouraged to build up their own social development through collaborative and team working activities. 


Children will study, and be encouraged to gain an understanding of and empathise with, people from different cultural backgrounds. They will examine how other cultures have had a major impact on the development of ’British’ culture. Children develop a better understanding of our multicultural society through studying links between local, British, European and world History.