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.
In line with the National Curriculum 2014, our History curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past;
• Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement;
• Begin 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.
What we say about History at St Giles'
EYFS – Let’s Celebrate
As part of their vehicle reception class have been looking at festivals and celebrations. They have studied 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. The children looked at their own personal history and how they have changed over time.
Year 1 – Celebrating Cheadle
Year 1 have been studying the local community in their vehicle, celebrating Cheadle. They have looked at the history behind the ‘Potteries’ and have visited Wedgewood, learning about Josiah Wedgewood.
Year 3 – It’s Playtime
Year 3 have been learning about the Stone age and Iron age through their vehicle, ‘It’s Playtime’. They made their own stone age art work!
Year 4 – Bean to Bar
Year 4 have been learning about the Aztecs and Mayans in their vehicle Bean to Bar. They visited Cadbury world to learn about how the Aztecs used the cacao bean to create a chocolate drink.
Year 6 – Pugin’s Gem
Year 6 have been learning about the history of St Giles’ Church, Pugin’s Gem. They have researched Pugin and studied the Victorian era. As part of their vehicle the class visited St Chad’s Cathedral. This was also designed by Pugin.