At St. Luke’s, we believe that History teaching should ignite pupils’ engagement and curiosity about the past. Teaching should equip children to ask perceptive questions, think critically and weigh evidence. Pupils should be encouraged to think critically about information and ask questions about information presented. They should be able to relate historical periods and moments to connected present day scenarios (e.g. conflict, inequality, individual/collective action, power) and appreciate the significance of historical moments for life in the present day. These are all crucial skills for children to develop as they ‘lay the foundations for life’.
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.
- Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world.
- Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.
- Understand historical concepts.
- Understand the methods of historical enquiry.
- Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts.