Here at St. Peter’s, our history curriculum is designed to give all learners the knowledge and skills that they need to become historians of the future. We want our children to develop the historical knowledge and skills to help them understand the world around them and their place within it. The planning and sequencing of our curriculum will enable pupils to build on previous learning and enable children to know more, remember more and do more. As children move through the school, we have chosen our topics carefully to allow children to build their knowledge of the past. For example, in Reception, our children learn to sequence images as a baby, toddler and infant, then in Year 1, they sequence main events in their own life. In Year 2 they sequence photographs from different periods of their life, moving into Year 3, where they place the time studied on a timeline. In Year 4, they place events from period studied on a timeline and use terms related to the period and begin to date events
As a Catholic school, the teachings of the gospels are at the heart of everything we do. This leads our history curriculum to be rooted in love for one another and teach our children about how the past shapes who they are today.
Our curriculum aims to:
- Stimulate curiosity about the past
- Develop an understanding of chronological order
- Use a variety of historical vocabulary
- Develop research skills needed to access relevant information
- Increase knowledge and understanding of the history of Britain, Europe and the world
- Help pupils develop a sense of identity through studying the history of their locality
- Give opportunities to convey understanding / interpretation of past events in a variety of ways
- Provide situations which foster independent / co-operative activities
- Develop independent research skills through enquiry-based learning
At St Peter’s Catholic First School we believe History is an essential subject to help children appreciate how the modern world has been shaped through events in the past. Children are encouraged to learn about historical events and periods and how these have shaped the world today.
History at St Peter’s aims to provide pupils with a thorough understanding of the past of both Britain and the wider world. We aim to ensure that children are able to think critically when examining evidence and can develop their own opinions, which they can then back up with their historical knowledge. Historical skills and objectives have been split to ensure progression and the National Curriculum (2014) provides further guidance by outlining the subject content that should be taught within each Key Stage. The History taught in Reception is governed by the Early Years Foundation Stage document. The whole school Curriculum Map ensures that learning is progressive and that historical skills are central to learning.
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