At St John’s, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.
History helps pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.
History teaching in the lower school concentrates on developing children's appreciation of time and past events through stories and themes based on first-hand experiences such as homes, toys, schools and families.
As the children progress through the school they are taught about important episodes and developments in Britain's past from Roman to modern times, as well as ancient civilisations and world history.
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Primary National Curriculum: History
What our learners say...
- "I really enjoy our History topics, especially when we have visitors come into school to tell us about their past experiences. We had a lady from the Windrush generation who told us all about her journey from Jamaica and how life was for her when she first arrived in the UK. It made it all seem so real." Year 5
"I like learning history. In year one we found out about learnt about Guy Fawkes. He tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. We used a timeline to find out how long ago it happened.. Now I know why we have Bonfire night. My favourite lesson was a history and art lesson when we made fireworks. History is fun because you learn lots of fun information"
- "When we go on trips I enjoy looking at things from the past because it helps when my teacher talks about things in the lesson because I have seen some of the artefacts and buildings for myself." Year 3
"In history we learnt about local heroes. One of our topics was about Mary Seacole. She is a hero because she helped the sick solders. I used an atlas to locate where Jamaica is. This is where she was born. I think I could be a doctor when I grow up then I could help sick people like Mary Seacole did. We also found out about Mary Seacole as part of our BHM celebrations."
"We learnt about crime and punishment, from Roman times through to the Middle Ages. It was a really interesting topic as there were lots of interesting ways in which people were punished. In Roman times, not all people were thrown to the lions but some faced crucifixion. In the Middle Ages a common punishment was to place criminals into stocks. People would be invited to laugh, jeer and throw things at anyone placed within them. In our water world topic, we learnt about the Titanic. We used maps and atlases to locate where the Titanic began its destination (Southampton). I know that when it hit the ice berg it was approximately 400 miles from New York We looked at how society at this time was unfair to people from a poorer backgrounds (social geography)." Year 6
"I have learnt about the ancient Egyptians. I learnt about the river Nile and why it was so important. I learnt about famous pharaoh like Tutankhamun. A favourite lesson of mine was learning about the afterlife and finding out how they mummified the bodies. This is why I like history. You find out so many interesting and unusual things."