Subject Leader: Mrs A. Goldstone
History work at Our Lady & St Gerard’s is organised into topics at both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Foundation stage use topics that come under the heading, ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’. These topics are set down in the annual theme plans for each year group. At Key Stage 1, History topics are integrated with other curriculum areas, especially Geography i.e. Homes, Holidays. At Key Stage 2 topics are mainly based on the core and supplementary study units for National Curriculum History. In both Key Stages History is identified and valued as a subject in its own right, even when it is taught within an integrated theme. Wherever possible the Programmes of Study for History are enriched by looking at the History of the local and regional area and how this relates to British and World history.
The aims of History in our school are:
- To give children a sense of their own identity within our school, political, cultural and economic background and relationships.
- To prepare children for living and working in the contemporary world.
- To fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History.
- To ensure the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes.
- To provide a History curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated.
- To promote positive attitudes towards and enthusiasm for History work in school.
- To help children to study life in the past ~ the thoughts, beliefs, emotions, problems and actions of people who related to each other and their environment.
- To help children gain a level of historical understanding appropriate to their age, ability and maturity.
- For children to value History as a subject in its own right as well as understanding its contribution to other curriculum areas and cross-curricular themes and dimensions
In the teaching and learning of History we can also identify a number of objectives for the children:
- To develop an awareness of the nature and use of evidence
- To develop a sense of chronology and time
- To build up knowledge of events and people from the past
- To appreciate thoughts, beliefs, motives and actions of people in the past
- To develop and use correctly historical language and a vocabulary of historical terms
- To build a framework of historical facts
- To encourage children to interpret, explain and ask historical questions, for example, ‘Why did this happen? How do we know this is true?’
Quality Mark for History
We are proud to announce that the school has once again been awarded the Silver Quality Mark for History. The Historical Association recognised that a strong feature within the initial visit to our school was the evidence of pupils’ love of the subject, which has been continued. At Our Lady and St Gerard's, we regard the enrichment of pupils’ lives through their study of history as a key priority and offer a range of enrichment activities within the subject via visits and visitors.