“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 their time.” (DoE 2014)
History at St James’s is aimed to stimulate the children’s curiosity and inquiry about the past. We endeavour to equip pupils to think critically and to develop a perspective about how times have changed. We encourage the children to question and debate so that they can make more sense of change and the chronology of events in British History and in the wider world. A secure knowledge of Britain’s past and our place in the world helps us understand the challenges of our own time.
Children are given opportunities to learn about historical events, people and places within Britain and the world. Familiarity with historical artefacts and sources further enhances their understanding and knowledge of the past in addition to making links and developing historical study skills.
In the Early Years children look at changes within living memory, as well as learning about significant events in the past. As children progress through the school they learn about significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Through stories, drama, artefacts, art and trips, they also focus on comparing their own experiences to significant events and periods further back in history. By the end of KS2 children will have developed a chronologically secure knowledge of British, local and world history; understanding how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. Alongside this the children will engage in questions about change and cause and make informed responses.