‘By following in the footsteps of Jesus,
we are making the heart, mind and spirit soar’
Our actions and words of today are the footprints of our future.
At St Thomas Aquinas, we provide a high-quality history education, which helps our children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires our children's curiosity to know more about the past. Moreover, it prepares them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps our children to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
At St Thomas Aquinas we follow the EYFS Framework 'Understanding the world' to ensure that all pupils are taught;
3 & 4 year olds:
- Begin to make sense of their own life-story and family's history.
- Comment on images of familiar situations in the past.
- Compare and contrast characters from stories, including figures from the past. ELG:
- Talk about the lives of people around them and their roles in society.
- Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
- Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling
At St Thomas Aquinas we follow The National Curriculum for History and we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
- Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
- Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.
- Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
- Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
- Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
Key Stage 1:
In Key Stage 1 children will develop an awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. They will also study changes within living memory as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant. They will learn where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
Key Stage 2:
In Key Stage 2 the children will continue to appreciate history in a chronological context. They will develop a secure understanding of British, local and world history. The children will consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will also learn to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of different sources and spend time looking at, and dealing with, different sources.
Throughout the school, History is taught through a cross-curricular approach where applicable and appropriate, so that children are immersed and gain a deeper insight into the topic they are studying. We enhance the children’s learning of History through providing opportunities for Educational visits and visitors in school. This encourages the children to gain exciting experiences to see how the period they are studying fits into the wider world.
At St Thomas Aquinas we want the History learning experiences provided to our pupils to encourage them to think;
'History at St Thomas inspires our curiosity to know more about the past'
'History lessons are engaging, interesting and exciting'
'We have a wide variety of Historical experiences'
'We love learning about History'
'History is an important part of us, that we want to learn and understand'
'Historical Educational visits and experiences inspire my career aspirations'
Remembrance – Y6
In November we commemorated Remembrance in a variety of ways - we had a class assembly, created Poppy circle books in English and visited the School's Remembrance Museum and Art Gallery to see all the artwork and artefacts collected and shared.
Year 3 had the most amazing day at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. We were absolutely fascinated by the Greek pottery and had the opportunity to sketch these wonderful pieces of history. I think our favourite activity was making our own Greek coil pots. As you can see from the photos they look stunning! The staff at the museum commented on the children's manners, behaviour and their knowledge of the Greeks. Year 3 we are super proud of you all!
Roman Experience Chester Trip
Year 4 were phenomenal on our class trip, which, let's not forget, included a 5 hour journey home! In the gallery below, you can see how we explored the ancient Roman city of Dewa and marched and chanted around the city scaring all the locals/tourists. Lupus, our legionnaire, was so impressed with our class's determination and order.
The first of two slideshows shares the rebellious, dogged-determination our Year 4 gladiators had in the life-like museum where we learnt about Ancient Roman life, bathing, the invasions of Britain and entertainment. In comparison, the final slideshow demonstrates how angelic they all are really with their amazing smiles on our delayed return home.
Year 4, you do make us proud.