Subject intent History

At St Michael’s we want out children to have a love of History.

We believe that studying History is an essential part of their journey to becoming well rounded and empathetic humans, enabling them to understand how History gives a unique perspective to current events. Children explore the fascinating world of the past and make links to their own lives and others in the world today.

At St Michael’s, History is about asking questions: from early questions like ”What computer games did you play as a child mummy?” to “Who built Stonehenge and why?” we will start from the children’s curiosity. As much as possible, we try and bring history to life. Our links with the Aldbourne Heritage Group, focusing on local, hands on History, allows the children to handle real artefacts and explore relevant themes. We want the History they explore in St Michael’s to give them a sense of coherence and ability to see the legacy of past events in things today.  History helps develop a sense of chronology and the themes they study can been seen as chapters in the book of world history.

Children will discover about the macro, grand, big picture events as well as the personnel stories that bring History alive. We want our pupils to see themselves as Historians, not only for future possible jobs, but for themselves.

We achieve this by providing a rich, diverse curriculum, underpinned by our school’s core values of Respect, Honesty and Love, enabling every member of the school community to have a ‘Lifetime Love for Learning’.