At St Joseph’s we believe that children should have a knowledge and understanding of the past and how it has formed the present. History will be used to enrich the pupils understanding of where they have come from within the wider global community. It promotes a love for learning about their past and develops their hopes for the future.
Having good transport links to Central London, we have taken advantage of the many museums and places of interest for trips to supplement the teaching of the topics.
We have had memorable trips to Churchill’s War Rooms, Crystal Palace Park, Natural History Museum, and Science Museum, as well as Houses of Parliament.
Where possible, History will be taught in a cross-curricular way. The expectations for writing from English will be expected in the teaching of the wider curriculum. There are plenty of opportunities to apply core skills in history, through research, presentation of information and general problem solving skills.
In History, the pupils should develop their investigative skills by considering how events in the past have impacted on today’s society. Their knowledge will be led by their own inquisitiveness, which should lead them to what they want to know. They will be exposed to a rich set of topics in order for them to want to find out more on their own. They will have a strong understanding of the history of where they live, and where they have come from.
Pupils are encouraged to question their knowledge, thoughts and beliefs, as well as research independently to find their answers. We encourage our pupils to become independent in their learning by giving them the confidence to ask questions and skills to research their own ideas and beliefs.
We welcome parental involvement and encourage parents to visit museums, historical places and local landmarks related to the topics. Activities like this, help children to deepen their understanding and knowledge.
Our pupils know that they are living through history and they can have a positive impact on the present and future.