"The more you know about the past the better prepared you are for the future.”
At St Lawrence Catholic Primary School our children learn not just about other people and places but they learn from them. It helps them to navigate their daily lives and teaches them to ask questions when they encounter people or places they don't initially understand. Through history, our children learn how past societies, systems, ideologies, governments, cultures and technologies were built, how they operated, and how they have changed. All this knowledge makes our children more rounded people who are better prepared to learn and make connections between the past, present and future.
Within our school, we support and encourage our children to make connections between the topics taught and how this can influence their lives and the world around them. Each topic is taught to ensure the children explore and research an area of a historical period in depth. We believe this will enthuse and inspire the pupils to be inquisitive, independent learners.
As part of our historical inquiries the children at St. Lawrence Catholic Primary School have the opportunity to study our local area and the changes that have occurred. There are opportunities for the children to explore how history and time have changed the area they live and learn in. They are encouraged to understand that not all historical changes are for the better and evaluate why these events occurs.
Many of our history topics have cross curricular elements that allow the children an opportunity to see how history infiltrates so many areas of our lives and learning. These cross curricular opportunities enrich the history curriculum and allow more time to explore and learn about how relevant our past is. We work to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensure that pupils have experience of Historical study from British History and other Ancient civilisations.
We are fortunate to be able to offer theme days and extra-curricular activities to embed the children’s learning in and out of a classroom setting. These experiences are made possible by the support of our parents and community, and this encourages the children to continue their learning at home. Our aim is to enable the children to build on key skills needed in history by putting no boundaries on their learning and to prepare them for their historical experiences in secondary education and as they move on into their adult life.