The History Curriculum at St Peter’s
Engaging in historical learning helps children to gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It involves understanding the process of change, the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and society today. History allows children to develop the following key skills: ask perceptive questions, think critically, evaluate evidence and examine arguments. Our history curriculum allows children to develop their cultural capital. Purposeful and natural links to British values and discussions around being good UK and global citizens are threaded through the curriculum. Our history curriculum promotes the rich diversity of the world, Britain and an appreciation of our locality.
“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” Theodore Roosevelt
The children at St Peter's are growing as historians...
• An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
• The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
• The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a
range of sources.
• The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
• A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why
people interpret the past in different ways.
• A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
• A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.
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.