History is the process of enquiry, the product of imaginative reconstruction and describing and explaining the past. It gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. Our curriculum fires children’s curiosity and encourages them to ask critical questions, preparing them for living and working in the contemporary world. Our children will develop a secure chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people, developing a concept of continuity and change. They will find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions; learning research skills, sifting through evidence and arguing their point of view. These are skills which can be applied to other subjects and a variety of situations.
History lessons are organised into topic areas. Our curriculum builds on historical knowledge and key skills to show clear progression across the key stage. St Paul’s aims to develop every child holistically: to nurture and encourage every child’s natural curiosity; to shape and direct it; to turn the children into inquisitive, questioning learners. We will motivate and inspire our children to find out about their world, both physical and human, so they can take an active part in positively contributing to the world they grow up in.
Our history curriculum enables children to think like historians; about the methods historians use to develop valuable insights about the past and the range of ideas and perspectives that make history a truly global subject. At St Paul’s, children will become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers, making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past and the world around them. Children will be aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they live in and influence its future.