At St John the Baptist History forms an integral part of the curriculum. Through our teaching, we aim to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about what has gone before and so help them to understand how events and people in the past have influenced the present.
Developing a sense of chronology has been a crucial element in the development of our curriculum. History skills and processes are carefully mapped for progression across both key stages. We follow the recommended Hampshire 6-Step Enquiry model and all our history enquiries are driven by an enquiry question and end with a ‘final piece’. The use of an enquiry-based approach is fundamental to the subject, and the children are taught how to interrogate evidence by asking, investigating and answering questions.
History is taught through a mixture of discreetly taught units but also through strong cross-curricular links. Children are given opportunities to develop their understanding of the past through the use of artefacts and historical documents; including reports, photographs, numerous written sources, newspaper articles and electronic media. Pupils understanding and learning is further enhanced by the provision of a wide variety of history-focused school trips and themed days.