“Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.” (National Curriculum)
“Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.” (National Curriculum)
When we plan our history lessons at St Jude’s, it is important to us that we give the children opportunities to find out about what life would have been like in the past. Wherever possible we visit places of interest within the local area, allowing the children to develop their understanding of Fareham and Hampshire. We positively encourage our children to ask questions about “why”, “when”, “how” and “where” and provide them with the opportunities to explore and find the answers for themselves. It is through asking these types of questions that children’s natural curiosity about what life was like before they were alive is nurtured. Our teaching guides the children towards wanting to find the answers. This, in turn, produces more questions for the children to ponder and explore.
The teaching of history at St Jude’s Catholic Primary School, is planned to include many exciting and engaging opportunities for the children to experience ‘hands-on’ learning about the past.