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History has always been held in high regard at St James Infants. The history curriculum in our school makes full use of the resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality.


We are very fortunate to live in a Georgian town, with a rich mining and shipping history. Our children are able to access first - hand experiences of what life was like in our local area and have visitors come into school offering insight into how the town has changed and adapted over the years. 


As part of a topic lead programme, it allows opportunities for cross curricular links to be made where applicable, to ensure the children have many occasions where they can apply their knowledge and understanding.


The Curriculum Intent for history can be summarised in these ways:

· Provide a high quality history curriculum to inspire pupils curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

· Develop a sense of chronology.

· Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.

· Ask perceptive questions and use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms

· Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

·  A learner-centred teaching approach. Use of DRICE to ensure learners deepen thinking, learning is role modelled appropriately, pupils are challenged and engaged.

        · Using the Building Learning Power approach, our pupils will explore opportunities to question why                  and how things happened, revise previous learning and collaborate with others to share thoughts and                ideas.


Our subject leader for history is Mrs Emma Butterworth


What does the teaching of history look like in our school?