In History at St Julie, we aim to inspire children to become curious about the past, to know and understand more about the past and to think and act like historians. We instil in our pupils a desire to learn through providing them with the appropriate opportunities to build their substantive and disciplinary knowledge, master and apply subject concepts, skills and techniques and acquire the specialist vocabulary and technical terms to communicate their understanding effectively. We have planned a curriculum that is sequenced, to ensure that pupils can build on prior knowledge and understanding, that is progressive, showing more challenge from EYFS through Year 6, both in terms of the complexity of the subject knowledge we want our pupils to acquire and also the disciplinary thinking skills we support them to master and apply to ensure they understand the significance of that knowledge.
Our children will develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past, including that of their own locality and of the wider world. Our children will develop an understanding of chronology and make connections between different periods of time. They will find out about the lives and impact of significant individuals and events. We encourage the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, and develop perspective and judgement. We believe History will help the children 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.
Key stages 1 and 2
National curriculum in England
Purpose of study
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 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.
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
ï‚§ know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
ï‚§ know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
ï‚§ gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
ï‚§ understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
ï‚§ understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
ï‚§ gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
History Ambassadors are chosen for their love of history across the school. We felt this was an amazing opportunity for children, who are interested and passionate about History, to shine!
History Ambassador roles and responsibilities:
- To share a love of History with their class.
- To link with Mrs Mannion, the subject leader
- To introduce ideas for trips and experiences that will enrich our history curriculum.
- To support the recording of trips and study in history on the school website.
- To give the pupils in their class a voice and help them to share their ideas.
- To support other members of the school.
The History Ambassadors are made up of pupils from Y2 - Y6
Year 2: Gia and Zac
Year 3: Gabriella
Year 4: Zachary
Year 5: Gracie and Zak
Year 6: Grace and Albie
Please see documents below for more information.