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History Intent:

At St. Martha’s, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and think and act like historians. The history curriculum makes full use of the resources within the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. In addition to this, topics are sensitive to pupils’ interests and provide opportunities for them to explore their own cultural heritage. This enables the students of St. Martha’s to gain a sense of their own identity within society. 

We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians: 

  • An understanding of chronology and the ability to compare events in different parts of the world during the same period of time;

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past; 

  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences; 

  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources; 

  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry; 

  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning; 

  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics; 

  • A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.