History offers countless information about how people and societies behave. Through its study it is fundamental in supporting our learners to critically reason and analyse.
Our Intent for History
At St Luke’s, we view History not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. This gives our learners the opportunity to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.
We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become
- An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
- The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a
range of audiences;
- The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using
historical evidence from a range of sources;
- The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and
refining questions and lines of enquiry;
- A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support
- A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-
quality research across a range of history topics;
- A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the
past in different ways.
How we Implement our History Curriculum
Our History curriculum is taught through a thematic, creative approach with specific learning goals for international mindedness and for personal learning based on the IPC personal goals of cooperation, communication, thoughtfulness, respect, resilience and morality. This provides opportunities for our learners to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We are fortunate to be situated in a historically rich area, giving us a range of fascinating local history studies, such as London during the Blitz, Exploring Brixton Windmill, how the Romans changed Britain and the Great Fire of London.
Teachers are provided with an additional time to plan their curriculum. As part of this
planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
- A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children
- A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth;
- A low stakes quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block
learning and increase space in the working memory;
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner;
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;
Our History Curriculum
Our History Curriculum has been carefully designed so that it has a good balance of skills and knowledge for our learners. You can access an overview of our curriculum that shows how our history curriculum is mapped throughout the school.
Click here to access the Whole School History Curriculum Overview
Click here to access the Whole School Key Skills Document
Skills Progression in History
Click here to access the History Progression Document
Our Planned Impact
Throughout their time at St Luke’s, our children will become equipped with historical enquiry skills. This will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
- Our cross-curricular topics, thematic learning weeks and enrichment visits to historical sites will enable for greater freedom and a more in depth analysis of historical events through other subjects such as English, Maths and Art.
- We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
History Knowledge Organisers
Our Knowledge Organisers for each subject can be found on the class pages on this website. Click here to access.
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."