The Curriculum at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School
The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – History.
At St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, we shape our history curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that encompasses the British Values throughout; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to study life in the past.
At St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. Embedded within each history topic is a link to the key concepts we feel children need to explore and develop an understanding of. They are encouraged to identify why people behave in the way they do, and acknowledge that the choices made have impact and consequences. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught throughout the year, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At St Peter’s Catholic Primary, we ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. For example, using the local area to look at how buildings have changed in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Lower Key Stage 2, through to looking at an in depth study of the locality in Upper Key Stage 2.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at St Peter’s Catholic Primary are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
At St Peter's the History Curriculum is designed so that it provides a framework to develop not just a range of historical knowledge, but the opportunity to revisit key historical concepts and skills, carefully sequenced and planned, deepening the experience and encouraging application and mastery of them. The topics themes not only fulfill the requirements of the National Curriculum, but have been arranged to meet the unique context of our school.
- Investigate and interpret the past
This concept involves understanding that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence.
- Build an overview of world history
This concept involves an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and an understanding that life is different for different sections of society.
- Understand chronology
This concept involves an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history studied were happening at similar times in different places.
- Communicate historically
This concept involves using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past.