History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
At St. Giles’ it is our aim to instil a love of history in all children. We intend our History curriculum to inspire curiosity and fascination about the past in Britain and the wider world, whilst developing the children's historical thinking and chronological understanding. We want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of History, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We believe that a well-rounded history curriculum and high-quality lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians.
The history curriculum at St. Giles’ is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy.
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Bringing History to life through enrichment activities ...
Reception – Let’s Celebrate
As part of their vehicle in Autumn Term, Reception class looked at festivals and celebrations, finding out about celebrations in the wider community such as Remembrance day, Diwali and Christmas as well as their own birthday celebrations and family celebration such as weddings. A War Veteran came to visit every class, to help us to learn about Remembrance and to help us make watercolour poppies. Reception also had a visitor, to help them to learn about Diwali - decorating diwa lamps and a dance workshop.
The also children looked at their own personal history and how they have changed over time.
Reception - Visit to Sudbury Children's Museum
Toys Old and New
Reception - Celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III
Year 2 - The Great Fire of London
Year 2 have been studying the Great Fire of London, and went on a visit to the Ancient High House in Stafford, to support their learning in class. They dressed up in clothes of the time, they spoke to Samuel Pepys and made wattle and daub.
Year 4 – Anglo-Saxons
Year 4 examined artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard, and also had visitors who led an Anglo-Saxon day.
Y4 - Egyptians Day
Year 4 – Tudor Day at Tatton Park
Year 6 - Crime and Punishment
Year 6 have been studying crime and punishment and visited Shrewsbury Prison to support their learning in class. Thankfully they brought everybody back!
Year 6 - World War II
To support their learning on World War II, Year 6 went on a visit to Tatton Park, for an Evacuee Day, where they dressed up in clothes of the time, did jobs on the farm and experienced what the food would have been like.