St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, we view History as an opportunity to
inspire and stimulate our children to learn about the past and how it relates
to their lives. History is not only taught in a topic based way, but is
integrated across the Curriculum with opportunities that are creative and
exciting. Across all experiences, we encourage pupils to not only answer
questions, but also to ask their own and thus developing their own enquiring
minds. Experiences are provided which bring History alive for the children,
such as the company ‘History Alive’ who have come to work with us several times
already. So far they have completed days on World War I and the Stone to Iron
both key stages, pupils learn about people’s lives and lifestyles. This
involves looking at significant men, women, children and events from recently,
and from the more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their
own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world.
approaches to learning and sources are used to look at History in a variety of
ways. These include stories, role play, speaking and listening activities and
using sources of information. These sources may take the form of books,
artefacts or using multimedia to support and research.
Historical skills is just as important as finding out facts and we encourage
our children to become ‘detectives’ to find out more and to follow their own
lines of enquiry. Historical vocabulary is modelled and used progressively as
children move through the school. This allows them to use what they have learnt
in the past, apply it and extend it to develop their skills and to discover the
past in their own unique way.