The new History curriculum helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
The teaching of 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.
History at St Thomas More is delivered primarily through the Cornerstones Curriculum, with most aspects of its content being incorporated into each year group’s termly topics.
This provides us with opportunities to include a variety of experiences such as trips and visitors into school, so that the children become engaged and immersed in their learning.
In Key Stage 1 we cover a famous person and event to help pupils understand and recount episodes and stories from the past. We look at chronological order placing events in time order using objects, common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Pupils recognise and group items of information to communicate their awareness of the past in order to begin to identify some of the different ways in which the past is represented. They use a range of historical sources to answer questions.
In Key Stage 2 we describe some of the main events, people and changes, giving some reasons for, and results of, the main events and changes through the topics Egyptians, Romans, WWII and a local History Study of Redditch. Pupils show a developing sense of chronology by a realisation that the past can be divided into different periods of time, recognition of some of the similarities and differences between these periods, and the use of dates and terms. Pupils gain factual knowledge and an understanding of aspects of the history of Britain and the wider world and use this to describe characteristic features of the past societies and periods by beginning to select and combine information from different sources.
We encourage and support debate in History and attend an inter school History debate annually with other schools from across the Our Lady of Lourdes Multi-Academy.