History is all around us. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children can understand how the past influences the present. At St Margaret’s, it is our intent to fire pupils’ curiosity to ask questions and know more about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to provide an interesting and varied curriculum that interests and captivates our children whilst meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. From EYFS up to the end of KS2, children will be taught about various historical events linked to our cross curricular topics. They will learn where these events take place within a chronological timeline and about famous historical figures, some of whom have shaped the world today. The children at our school are given the opportunity to examine, interpret and evaluate a variety of sources in order to make deductions and ask questions about the past. They are also introduced to a range of written sources and key historical vocabulary to develop their language and communication skills.
Past, present and future
Throughout the year, we aim to have themed days, school visits, workshops and historical experiences to develop a deeper understanding of the time periods studied and to inspire the children, ensuring they have a lifelong love of history. Through the teaching of history, we endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We believe that teaching history is important in broadening children’s horizons, challenging preconceived ideas and developing life skills in order to prepare them for secondary school and beyond.