The study of history in school is important for children’s conceptual development. They can begin to understand that the past has many different facets and that each era is different from the next, as well as being different from our own. … The study of history builds children’s understanding of society.
At St Joseph’s we want our pupils to be inspired to know more about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Knowledge of Britain’s past can help them to understand the challenges of our own time. It engages pupils in questions about people and events in the past and helps pupils to understand the present and prepare them for the future!
The programme of study for history states that ‘History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationship between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.’
Teaching should also equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
A historian needs:
*Thorough investigative and research skills
*Good communication skills
*An interest in human behaviour, culture and society
*An enquiring mind