At St. Thomas More, we believe that the teaching and learning of history is essential to the development of a child’s understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We encourage children to grow as historians by developing a keen appreciation for the world that has gone before them. Our teaching equips children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We believe that giving children the opportunity to explore and research the actions of historical people and events enriches the development of their own ideas, beliefs and values.
Our local history is a celebrated and inspiring feature of the history curriculum, and we make full use of our local resources. This includes studying Kenilworth and Warwick castle, Lunt Fort, and an in-depth study of the history of Coventry through the 20th Century. The children enjoy trips visits to historical sites and workshops from local museums, ensuring that pupils benefit from first-hand experiences and valuable learning opportunities.
Our history curriculum is designed to teach the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the National Curriculum. The history curriculum is designed as part of a Theme curriculum, allowing for appropriate cross-curricular links to be made with geography, as well as other core and foundation subjects. All history is taught through an enquiry approach, incorporating an equal balance between historical knowledge and skills. Children learn and discover the past beginning with an open-ended enquiry question, designed to challenge children in their thinking and judgements as they learn. At St. Thomas More, we are proud to providing a captivating history curriculum, where children are inspired to be curious and passionate in their learning of the past.