Here at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School, we regard History as a creative, ambitious and inclusive subject where we aim to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people for all children, including those children with SEND, so that they have the knowledge they need to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.
History incorporates enquiry and child led exploration which aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our curriculum is planned to challenge children’s perspectives of the past; both beyond and within our living memory by showing them historical aspects of Britain and other complex historical civilisations in our wider world. We aim to ensure that children can think critically when examining evidence and can develop their own opinions, which they can then justify with their historical knowledge. Also, we strive to help children foster an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer: enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time; develop a sense of chronology; to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world; to help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage and to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.
History plays a pivotal role in preparing our children with skills that they can use for life, raising their aspirations and allowing them to understand how to be a good and responsible citizen, understanding change and societal development and a context in which to understand themselves and others. This is extremely important for every child at Saint Catherine’s in allowing them access to a much wider world.
Together, we draw ideas of how modern-day life and the past are joined together by a bridge, where society nowadays has been moulded by past events. We encourage the children to ask questions about why things happen, such as the changes in society and culture throughout the ages. Therefore, we believe that they gain a deeper insight and understanding of the world they live in today. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today, what past societies were like, how these societies were organised and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions.
What our KS2 pupils think about History at St Catherine's!