Faith & History
"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope."
At St Michael & St John's RC Primary School we believe it is important to delve into the past to inspire the future. History has key fundamental links with Catholic Socialist Teaching giving children that understanding and how history can teach us so much and how we can make God's world even better. Through their historical learning, children will learn the skills needed to critique and form personal opinions based on fact. Children are given the opportunity to revisit past learning and build on this understanding, whilst immersed in engaging experiences, which encourages the development of key vocabulary. By the time they leave school, children will understand periods of both British history and the broader world. By linking their historical learning with the religious ethos of the school, children find their place within the world’s history, learning lessons from those before us. It inspires children to broaden their knowledge of right and wrong, encouraging those Gospel values of humility, compassion and justice.
By the end of their time at SSMJ, children have a strong foundation of historical skills and an informed appreciation of God's world around them. Children have a fascination for learning more about the world's heritage and use their historical knowledge to inform their opinion of current world events. Children understand bias, propaganda and are equipped with the tools to question sources. This not only provides a secure foundation for their future history studies, but also transferable skills to use in the study of politics, literacy and music to name but a few.