‘History fascinates me because you get to find out how people lived in in the past, with regards to their clothes, housing, food, education and who ruled them. We can learn a lot from their experiences’
Dervla - Year 5
At St George’s, the history curriculum aims to provide all pupils with a comprehensible knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world. History challenges children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, analyse evidence and develop balanced judgements. We aim to provide a diverse and enriching curriculum, sparking their curiosity of the past as well as considering its effect and impact on our present and future. History encourages pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity and relationships of various societies, including their own identity.
History is often taught through cross-curricular lessons at St George’s, which offers children the opportunity to see history in different contexts, developing transferable skills and offering a wider and more in-depth understanding and interpretation of a topic. Children will have the chance to engage in a variety of school based and external activities, including educational visits like the Gunpowder Mills and St Albans. As part of our wider school vision for History, St George’s also commemorates historical events and individuals throughout the year including; Black History month, Remembrance day, Holocaust Memorial day and for the last 2 years, the children and staff have whole-heartedly celebrated Historic England’s ‘London History Day’.
‘History is who we are and why we are the way we are.’ David McCullough.
‘We are not makers of history. We are made by history.’ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mrs A Garner – Subject Leader
In Key Stage 1 children will be given the opportunity to discover:
- Changes within living memory.
- Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
- The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
- Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
At Key Stage 2, children will continue to develop their historical skills and thinking, focusing on British, local and world history including:
- Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
- The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
- Ancient Greece
- Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.
- The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.
- A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- The achievements of the earliest civilizations.
- A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history.
- A local history study.