“How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from? How can you tell what’s going to happen in the future unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are who we are – and about what’s next.”
History is not about factual accumulation: it is about the process of enquiry into how we find out about the past and how we are able to be sure what really did happen. This process of discovery is, of course, is one of the things about the teaching of history at St. Peter’s that makes it fun and enjoyable for children to learn.
History is taught in Reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year as required by Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the National Curriculum, the history aspects of children’s work relates to the objectives set out in the Early Years Outcome which underpin curriculum planning for the children.
o Understanding of the World.
o Communication and Language.
o Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
The school uses the National Curriculum and a topic based creative curriculum as the basis for its curriculum planning.
Children are encouraged to discover, question, observe and experience history through a variety of learning and teaching styles and settings. These include: visiting sites of historical significance; storytelling and story-writing e.g. Diary, re-telling of key events; using film to develop and enhance skills of inference and interpretation; using artefacts and primary sources to develop and enhance understanding about the life of people in the past; using reference texts and web-based resources, posters and maps to enhance understanding of historical context and chronology; the use of Art to present primary source material in a visual and imaginative way; allowing children to express their understanding and learning through art-based activities.
During the Summer term 2019 the humanities week was instrumental in raising the profile of History and Geography throughout the school and gave teachers and children the opportunity to explore different periods in History through researching the life of a significant person in history. This involved a cross curricular approach and make links with other subjects within the curriculum, it was also fun and enjoyable for the children.