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Intent/Our Aim in the Teaching of History

At St Anne's, we bellieve it is important for children to develop a sense of identity through learning about the past and how history has shaped their lives.  Through the provision of our History Curriculum, it is our aim for pupils to:

- gain a secure understanding of historical chronology

- classify, analyse and evaluate critically a large range of primary and secondary sources considering bias and provenance

- build a secure knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world making  links between historical periods previously taught

- develop a good understanding of local history that complements studies about the UK and the wider world

- be able to write a balanced/persuasive report

We also aim to:

- encourage children to develop a deep curiosity about the past

- ask perceptive questions

- think critically, weigh evidence and sift arguments

- develop perspective and judgement

Adaptations are made to History lessons to ensure that all children are able to access the curriculum and are not disadvantaged by Special Educational Needs or Disability.


Catholic Ethos, Catholic Social Teaching and History

Our intent in the teaching of History is rooted in Catholic Social Teaching.  

We believe 

- that the teaching of history provides many opportunities to teach children about the importance of peace and how to be peacemakers. 

- that in learning about man's accomplishments across history, children become more aware of the dignity of the individual, the potential of mankind and the importance of participation.

- that solidarity is built through History by learning about the lives and experiences of peoples living in the past and in different parts of the world.  

- that the common good is built by knowing ourselves and where we come from alongside knowing about the past of others.  In this way, we can better appreciate the perspectives others may have.  The common good is also advanced by the incorporation of themes such as rulers and topics such as the Y6 unit on Crime and Punishment.  We also believe that by learning to criticially analyse sources for bias and provenance, students acquire skills to look at any document criticially and in a considered manner.

- that solidarity is built through History by learning about the lives and experiences of peoples living in the past and in different parts of the world.  


Implementation/How we teach History

Progression grid and knowledge organisers

Year 3

Year 3 spent the afternoon becoming achaeologists. We spent the lesson digging, brushing and inspecting the artefacts we found! We then came back inside and discussed what the artefacts we found meant!

Year 5

Year 5 have been investigating the Mayan inventions and presenting their posters and findings to the class!

Year 6

Year 6 have been learning about the Cold War and the Space Race. They have been writing and reciting speeches as the USSR president Nikita!

Year 6 have been researching reliable sources to help them make a decision on whether they think the Moon Landing was real or faked!

Interest zone

Some interesting articles and activities linked to our History topics:

Year 3

- https://www.imagininghistory.co.uk/post/stone-age-activities-crafts-for-kids

Year 4


Year 5

Apartheid: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/25378811


Year 6

- https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html  

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