At St. Gregory’s Catholic Academy we believe History is an important part of the curriculum which stimulates the pupil’s interest, curiosity and understanding about the past. Through the curriculum, pupils will gain a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We teach pupils a sense of chronology and through this develop a sense of identity and an awareness of the challenges of their time. Teaching should equip pupils to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement. History teaching should help pupils to understand the complexity of pupil’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and the relationship between different groups.
At St Gregory’s Catholic Academy, History is taught as a discrete subject. The topics taught in each class show clear progression through the year groups and help to support pupil’s development in using Historical vocabulary and critical thinking as this becomes more complex as the pupils move through the school.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Our youngest pupils learn about history within the EYFS curriculum ‘Understanding of the World’. The objectives are set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning of pupils aged between three and five years old. History makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of developing a pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the world through activities such as exploring historical artefacts, looking and discussing pictures of famous people in history or discovering the meaning of new and old in relation to their own lives. Historical vocabulary is also introduced and developed to enable pupils to discuss their ideas fully.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, the pupils will begin by learning about small snapshots of history by considering changes within living memory to help pupils to understand how history is always being made. They will also look at local history in order for pupils to understand how their homes and lives have been affected by people and events around them, giving them a regional identity. They will start to look at history on a global scale by looking at significant people and events from the past.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, pupils will begin to study specific periods in a chronological order. Pupils will continue to develop the concepts of historical enquiry by beginning to differentiate between primary and secondary sources and make independent evaluations of historical events. They will be able to build up an understanding of chronology from ancient history to modern history.
A progression in skills and knowledge will help pupils to build on these skills through the primary curriculum and will equip them as they move into higher education and beyond.