Be inquisitive Be brave Be a historian
At St Mary’s, we believe a high-quality History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our curriculum equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of our time.
History at St Mary’s is taught across each year group in modules that enable pupils to study in depth key historical understanding, skills and vocabulary. Each module aims to activate and build upon prior learning, from EYFS to Year 6, to ensure better cognition and retention. Each module is carefully sequenced to enable pupils to purposefully layer learning from previous sessions to facilitate the acquisition and retention of key historical knowledge. As the children move through year groups, they are introduced to new Key Concept that are revisited throughout their time at school. Alongside the six key concepts, our children are encouraged to ‘Think like a Historian’ by focussing their enquiry into one or more of the following within a lesson: The Science of Time; the reason and result of things that happened in the past; how key people, places and events changed or stayed the same over time; similarities; how we know about the past; why people, events or ideas are important to our studies.
Each module is revisited as part of a spaced retrieval practice method to ensure pupils retain key knowledge and information. Children’s knowledge and understanding is continually assessed throughout through questioning, cumulative quizzes, feedback in marking that supports and strengthens understanding.
The impact of our History curriculum is that children are equipped with history skills and chronological knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the next key stage and for their future life.
To further enhance our History curriculum we offer: