The History curriculum at St Vincent’s is based on the National Curriculum and ensures that children study of a broad range of historical events and significant people through which children will develop their historical knowledge and skills. Children begin their journey through History in the EYFS and we aim to progress children’s understanding of the importance of History and to nurture a genuine enjoyment of the subject by the time they leave the school at the end of Key Stage 2. At St. Vincent’s, we know that History plays an integral role in children’s education and that understanding the past is vital to preparing for the future. History is a subject that actively challenges children’s thinking, encourages debate, and allows children to reflect on the ways in which they perceive and relate to others. The importance of History in helping children to develop their own sense of identity, and in understanding how History has led to the world in which we live today, is central to our teaching. Our aim is to enable our children to deepen their understanding of History chronologically, socially, and politically. We want children to explore and understand the evidence that is available, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, argue for their point of view and listen to the views of others – skills that are prized in adult life. Above all, we want History to ignite the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world.


“History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”
David McCullough


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