History is a valued part of the curriculum at St Mary’s both in terms of building an understanding of the world and the ability to think critically. We believe that a broad and balanced History curriculum should inspire curiosity and ensure the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills while promoting effective communication. It should promote a respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of this to support learning. Children will develop a coherent knowledge of the local historical context and a wider view of Britain’s past, including how Britain has both influenced and been influenced by the wider world, encompassing British values throughout. Children will have opportunities to explore the rich history of ancient civilisations and their continued relevance to the modern world including links to other areas of the curriculum. Through a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum, children will be able to begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of society and relationships between different groups, their own identity and the challenges of their time. Understanding the past is vital if children are to ‘Shine as lights in the world’ in their present and future.