"We use historical evidence to find out about people's lives in the past. We can learn from previous mistakes and use this knowledge to act differently next time."
- Year 6 pupil -
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 will inspire curiosity and bring the past to life, providing children of all abilities, the challenge and support they need to become young historians – ‘History Detectives.’ This includes adapting our curriculum where necessary to allow our most able and SEND pupils to thrive.
All children will develop a deeper knowledge of local history and a wider view of Britain’s past, including how Britain has both influenced and been influenced by the wider world. All children will have the opportunity to explore the rich history of ancient civilisations and their continued relevance to the modern world. We will promote a respect for historical evidence and children will evaluate and make critical use of these sources to support their learning.
Through a broad, balanced and challenging History curriculum, children will 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. We believe that understanding the past is vital if children are to ‘Shine as lights in the world’ in their present and future.