At St Joseph’s, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity about the Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
In order to achieve this we aim:
- 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.
- 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
- gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
- 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
- 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
- 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.
At St Joseph’s we want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.