Isaiah 46:9 the Lord commands, “Remember your history, your long and rich history.
At St. Anne’s, we will bring ‘History Alive’ for our pupils taking them on a journey of exploration and discovery throughout periods of History allowing them to engage with and examine themes in History and how they impact on today and the future.
Our History curriculum will enable pupils to develop their understanding of the world through an educated appreciation of History and offer them the opportunity to gain the key skills of analysis, critical thinking and enquiry. When evaluating the choices of humanity in History, we will reflect against our Jesuit values and connect it to our pursuit of following Jesus’ example to inform our choices as global citizens of today and the future.
History is important because it helps pupils to understand and interpret the past, and therefore, the present.
Through history, pupils develop a deeper cross-cultural awareness and understanding of their own and others’ heritage, through looking at evidence and asking and answering questions.
In history, we can analyse successes and failures, which, in turn, teaches us to learn from our mistakes.
We teach history as part of a topic. This is in appreciation of the interconnectedness of our world and school community: highlighting, recognising and valuing the diversity of the school community and understanding that as humanity we are all part of God’s family. We recognise the value of history in helping children to understand and interpret their world, how the world has come to be as it is, their role in it and the responsibilities that come with it.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
From Early Years to Year 6 at St Anne's , we endeavor to make learning memorable in order to develop historical skills and concepts; so that this can be built upon as the children develop their understanding. We want to ensure the children can apply these skills to whatever period of history is being studied, through use of clear assessment of children’s understanding and effective use of resources within lessons. Our curriculum ensures that essential skills and concepts are revisited and developed further so that the children can improve their understanding and embed into their long term memory. These key historical skills and concepts, which are revisited throughout different themes, include: chronology, historical terms, historical enquiry, interpreting history, continuity and change, causes and consequences, similarities and differences and historical significance.
Education is the most powerful weapon
we can use to change the world.
“A generation which ignores history has no past – and no future.” – Robert A. Heinlein
“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” ― Michael Crichton
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey
“The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” – John W. Gardner
“History gives answers only to those who know how to ask questions.” – Hajo Holborn
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou
“No volume of history is insignificant, even the worst chapters. Especially the worst chapters.” – Terri Guillemets
“The best prophet of the future is the past.” – Lord Byron
History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses.” – Charles Angoff
Looking for historical places to visit – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/history-for-kids
If history records good things of good men, the thoughtful hearer is encouraged to imitate what is good.