History is the study of the past. The past influences all aspects of our lives and shapes the customs and beliefs of the communities to which we belong.
At St.Thomas' Primary School we believe that teaching history helps children to develop a sense of identity and to make sense of the world in which they live.
We recognise that children come to school with ideas about the past. They have experience of, for example, ‘old’ and ‘new’ and their personal history.
They may also have some appreciation of history in their environment or from places they have visited. We aim to build upon these experiences to develop their historical understanding.
During your child's time in our school they will study many different periods of history - from the Ancient Egyptians to World War Two (see history curriculum map). We also study Historical Figures that have impacted the world we live in today. Educational visits are an important part of the curriculum and we ensure they are exciting and relevent.
The aims of history at St Thomas', taken from the National Curriculum 2014,
are to ensure that all pupils:
· know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
· know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
· gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
· understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
· understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
· gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.