‘A people without the knowledge of their past, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’ Marcus Garvey
The history curriculum is about understanding the legacy of events. This means that children should gain an understanding of timescale, how events are connected and cause change over distant periods of time, and how they affect individuals and societies on a large and small scale. This should help pupils to develop the analytical skills that come with historical enquiry, such as drawing contrasts, identifying trends, creating valid questions of enquiry and comparing different interpretations. The events or time-periods that children may choose to study can be broad but should inspire curiosity and have lasting relevance. A source-based curriculum can achieve this, giving tactile evidence of the significance of historical events, providing opportunities for enquiry, and allowing children to analyse the usefulness of information. A curriculum like this also encourages children to identify their place in the world and the lasting consequences of their actions in an enjoyable way.