The National Curriculum states:
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.
How we meet these aims
At St Mary's we intend to develop children's knowledge and understanding of both Britain's past and that of the wider world, encouraging an interest in the life of those before us. We teach historical skills to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today. We teach children a sense of chronology and how to investigate past events using skills of enquiry, analysis and problem-solving.
Through our topics, we explore many aspects of history including significant individuals ranging from Amelia Earhart to Isambard Kingdom-Brunell. We learn about different periods of British history, for example the Roman Empire and Victorian times, as well as exploring history of the wider world, such as investigating the lifestyle of the Ancient Greeks.