History is a subject which allows children at Saint Joseph’s to explore Britain’s past and that of the wider world, while sparking their interest and inspiring them to find out more! It helps the children to understand the context of events in the news today, as well as to learn the important skills of analysis and enquiry.
We follow the 2014 National Curriculum for History.
In the Foundation Stage children are given the opportunity to find out about past and present events in their own lives, and those of their families and other people they know.
In Key Stage 1 the children study historical events like The Great Fire of London and significant individuals such as Captain Scott.
In Key Stage 2 we cover topics including Romans, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece.
In addition to these areas of history, we try where possible to link children’s learning to national events, such as the First World War Centenary and the celebration of 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta.
We are fortunate enough to be located in the heart of London, in an area rich in history – a fact of which we regularly take advantage! Children have visited local sites such as the Golden Hinde, the Monument, Borough Market and the Tower of London to support their history lessons. In addition, classes from Saint Joseph’s are regular visitors to the excellent museums on our doorstep, including the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Wallace Collection.