History shapes who we are. It is in every family story, every building, every painting, map or new archaeological discovery. Understanding history give us a better understanding of the world, of ourselves, of different places and people.
Through the teaching of history, we develop children to think like historians: how to use evidence, develop their questioning, to make interpretations and connections and to understand context. Above all to understand history is never simple, often controversial and that one view or perspective will never give the whole picture.
Our history curriculum covers a broad spectrum of local, national and worldwide topics within and beyond the National Curriculum. We develop knowledge and understanding (including chronology) alongside skills of enquiry and interpretation. Our curriculum has been developed with subject specialists, the Historical Association and much research.
We build in exciting first-hand experiences ranging from exploring artefacts, pictures, documents and maps to interviewing local residents and interrogating school logbooks.
We make the most of all the access we have in Manchester including Tudor sites, Industrial Revolution and a range of Museums. We embrace the local and community history within our diverse communities.
Our curriculum ensures each school has strong local history elements focusing on events, places and people significant to local area and contexts so our children in different schools will cover bespoke local history topics such as: Emily Pankhurst and the Suffragettes.
The history curriculum makes full use resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. It aims to ensure that all pupils; gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
What our children think about History at Corpus Christi!
"I like History because I think it is good to learn about people who were here before us. History helps us build our knowledge and learn about the past. It makes me feel lucky to learn about what people use to have compared with what we have now". Zara & Karnell (Year 6)