The intent of the History curriculum at St Mary’s Primary School is to develop children’s engagement with a subject that incorporates areas that they are able to relate to. History is a vital part of our lives and it is our vision to impart in each child a lifelong love for History. Our History curriculum reflects the setting in which we find ourselves and the demographic of our school population.
We offer a sequence of lessons building on skills from the previous year groups in order to, develop independence as the national curriculum aims are met. The diverse content allows our children to consolidate the key historical skills and concepts: Historical Interpretations; Historical Investigations; Chronological Understanding; Knowledge and Understanding of Events, People and Changes in the Past; Presenting, Organising and Communicating.
The implementation of the History curriculum at St Mary’s Primary School enables children to have an understanding of time, events and people in their memory through investigation of topics such as toys. In KS1, children begin to use secondary sources to research significant people in history such as Florence Nightingale and Matthew Henson. In lower KS2, our children consolidate their understanding of chronological order covering periods such as the Stone Age and Ancient Egypt. Upper KS2, develop their historical interpretation through topics such as migration allowing that to debate how immigration has developed over the years and the impact migration has had on the world around them.
The impact of the History curriculum at St Mary’s Primary School is that our children develop an understanding of the impact historical events have had on the society they live in and the role they play as citizens. History-specific home learning tasks develop parent engagement and supports our school community to have better awareness of significant times at present and in the past.