'Together with Jesus, we love to learn and learn to love'
At Immaculate Heart Of Mary, our curriculum is designed to fire the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. We aim to provide children with a contextual knowledge whilst teaching them the skills necessary to develop a deeper understanding of the past and how it has influenced the world around them and show them and that this plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world.
We want our pupils to consider how the past influences the present (both locally and on a global scale), what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As such, our history curriculum focuses on the many significant events and eras in both British and world history. It is designed to be engaging, challenging and diverse while giving them the skills to enable them to ask and answer historical questions; develop their understanding of chronology and historical evidence and it’s interpretations.
Our teachers plan engaging history topics using a range of resources. School trips and visitors to school are used to enhance the experience of history as a subject; to challenge the thinking and perspectives of our pupils.
History is taught in Reception as an integral part of the topic work through child-initiated and adult led activities. The children are given the opportunity to find out about past and present events in their own lives, and those of their families and other people they know.
Key Stage 1
During Key Stage 1, pupils learn about people’s lives and lifestyles. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past in Britain and the wider world. They listen, and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They learn how the past is different from the present.
Key Stage 2
During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways
As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can enhance their virtues, influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. Our curriculum allows children to find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. They will be able to see the value of research (as well as potential bias), sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.