Learning at St George's

History

Our Vision at St. George’s is to encourage an enthusiasm for history and for historical enquiry. We want to nurture a child’s natural curiosity to want to explore their own personal history and the history of people in Britain and across the world.

Key Skills

  • To develop historical awareness and awareness of the passage of time.
  • To develop historical vocabulary.
  • To put historical events and periods in chronological order using a timeline so as to develop a coherent, chronological narrative.
  • To understand the differences and similarities between ways of life in different periods.
  • To develop historical enquiry, using different sources of evidence and weighing how reliable a source they are.
  • To ask perceptive questions and think critically.
  • To develop perspective and judgement.

Our pupils are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgements. They gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world through carefully chosen topics, learning how changes affect people’s lives and how each generation has its own identity and challenges, including their own.

Progression

Progression in history is a development of these key skills through the teaching about people, events and changes in the past. In Foundation Stage the children are beginning to use these skills to develop an historical awareness in their own lives, what happened yesterday, last week, last year, since they were a baby. In Key Stage 1 this extends to changes in living memory and beyond living memory, looking at significant events and people. Children are introduced to historical periods that they will study more fully in Key Stages 2. In Key Stage 2 pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. Our KS2 curriculum will include:

  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • The Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • A local history study (covering Victorian Britain and World War 2)
  • The achievements of the earliest civilisations – Ancient Egypt
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (related to the local history study)