“For inquire, please, of bygone ages, and consider what the fathers have searched out. For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, our days on earth are a shadow. Will they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their understanding?’ Job 8:8
The aim of our history curriculum at St Joseph’s, is to inspire and excite our children to learn about past and current events, both in Britain and the wider world.
We want them to be engaged critically, creatively and empathetically with the beliefs, struggles and achievements of societies, events and cultures. We strive to develop our children’s awareness of chronology and connections between people over time. Throughout our teaching, children learn the skills of historical enquiry, and understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. They should be able to describe and explain based on synthesised narratives, imaginative reconstruction and arguments based on evidence.
We expect our children to recognise that history, whilst being a record of what happened and why, may be open to interpretation. As our children progress through each Key Stage, we want them to acquire coherent knowledge, and be amazed by significant people and events, thrilled by the excitement of exploration and invention, saddened by conflicts and uplifted by triumphs.
Our Year 5 and 6 children created a WWI film trailer to mark Remembrance Day in November 2021. They then made their own wreaths and placed them at the cenotaph in Astley Park in memory of the Chorley PALS.