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History Intent

History at St. John’s is key to help children build up a clear, chronological understanding of the past of Britain and the wider world. Our teaching inspires children’s curiosity to know more about the past and equips them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective judgements. As children develop their understanding through school of the complexity of people’s lives from the past, they progress further by building their own understanding of the diversity in societies and relationships between different groups. Their progression through school builds their identity and creates for them an understanding of the past, equipping them with the wisdom to face challenges in their lives.

Making a difference is key to our History learning at St. John’s. Throughout, our children are exposed to a range of exciting and relevant topics enhancing their skills as Historians further.  A clear understanding of historical concepts, including continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, are also established within these topics.

Throughout school we learn about Bradford and children develop a greater understanding of their homes, communities and the wider world.

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Our History curriculum encourages opportunities to develop oracy through activities such as ‘Tell Me Time’ and ‘The Art of Wondering’. These opportunities, supported primarily with artefacts, are accessible to learners at all levels. They encourage children to discuss, share and ask questions about History, promoting curiosity and deepening learning.  We feel that History provides the perfect opportunity for children to develop their spirituality, exploring the sense that there is someone or something more than ’just me’. It creates a sense of being a part of something bigger and how the past has influenced today and why this is significant.

History at St John’s allows opportunities for off-site visits. Visits included are those to museums, historical buildings and cathedrals. This further develops children’s curiosity about their locality and the wider area through their use of questioning and gathering of evidence to justify their ideas. This supports them whilst being Historians and again develops their knowledge about how interpretations of the past have been constructed.