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Intent

 

History is a subject that allows children to explore the past, significant events that have occurred around the world and significant people that have made the world what it is today. At St Hilda’s, children are provided with a number of opportunities to explore their historical curiosities and develop a further understanding of how the world has evolved.

 

Our curriculum intent is rooted in scripture:

 

 “Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

Matthew 13:32.

 

Like the mustard seed our pupils have the raw potential to achieve well and, through nurture and support, truly flourish. At St Hilda’s CE (VA) Primary we provide a carefully-planned curriculum that gives pupils essential knowledge, skills, opportunities and experiences to support them in becoming inquisitive, independent, resilient learners and prepares them for future successes and life in the modern world.

 

Implementation

 

Our History curriculum is taught across whole the whole school; through stand-alone lesson, integrated with cross- curricular opportunities to develop individuals’ skills, concepts and knowledge. Children are exposed to a wide variety of key vocabulary to further develop their understanding of the history curriculum.

 

History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. These significant people are taught across the whole school and expanded on throughout the key stages. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world.

 

At St Hilda’s we aim to integrate history through a cross- curricular approach, to develop children’s interest and a love of learning. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society.

 

What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. In history, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.

Impact

Children will:

  • Develop a curiosity and understanding of events, places and people in a variety of times and environments.
  • Develop an interest in the past and an appreciation of human achievements and aspirations
  • Understand the values of our society
  • Learn about the major issues and events in the history of our own country and of the world and how these events may have influenced one another
  • Develop a knowledge of chronology within which the children can organise their understanding of the past
  • Understand how the past was different from the present and that people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours
  • Understand the nature of evidence by emphasising the process of enquiry and by developing the range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary source materials
  • Distinguish between historical facts and the interpretation of those facts
  • Understand that events have a multiplicity of causes and that historical explanation is provisional, debatable and sometimes controversial.

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  • St Hilda's CE (VA) Primary School
  • Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, M25 1HA
  • Email: sthildas@bury.gov.uk
  • 0161 7986227
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