History teaching at St Paul’s involves studying 4 key concepts: investigating and interpreting the past; building an overview of world history; understanding chronology and communicating historically.

WHAT DID ST PAUL'S DO FORBlack History Month

On the afternoon of Friday 16th October, all children spent time in their classes learning about an aspect of Black History Month and its importance in Britain.

Key Stage 1:

Key Stage 1 children found out that Black History Month is important because it is a time when we learn about Black British people, who are not represented as much as white people in books, films and television. They then focused on Black British Arts and Culture. Year 1 children and teachers had a great time listening, dancing and responding to reggae music. Year 2 children listened to poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah and wrote their own poems inspired by his poem, I Love My Mother. They particularly enjoyed listening to his poem, Talking Turkeys.

Lower Key Stage 2:

Children in year 3 and 4 focused on ‘Black History Heroes’ and celebrated the contribution of black Britons to society, art and culture. Finding out about inspiring role models helped the children to understand the discrimination that significant black figures experienced and how they overcame it to be successful in their field.

Upper Key Stage 2:

Children in Years 5 and 6 are more experienced historians and were ready to be challenged with some deeper learning about Black British history! They found out about how modern Britain has been shaped by black culture since the end of the Second World War.

& skills

These concepts are planned for through topics that ask a big question and are taught to enable children to develop historical knowledge and skills. We encourage children to be history detectives, whereby they are guided by the teacher to use skills such as inference and deduction, investigating and evaluating historical evidence, asking questions and identifying similarities and differences, to answer questions about the past.

We also consider different versions of the past and how and why they may differ. We enhance learning in the classroom with educational visits to significant places in the local area and by inviting visitors into school. Through the teaching of History, we can help children to: improve decision making; learn from the mistakes of others; understand change; develop a better understanding of the world we live in and develop a greater appreciation for current events by building knowledge and understanding of historical events.

Where possible, we utilise links with other subjects, for example, art and design and design technology. The History curriculum is also closely linked to the English text-based curriculum but only where there are good quality texts that link to the topics.
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