History has always been held in high regard at St Osmund’s School, with the school’s own rich history, within the context of the local area, a celebrated and inspiring feature of the school. The history curriculum at St Osmund’s makes full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. Trips to places such as Normandy in Year 6, to support their study of the two world wars, and to ‘The Victorian School’ in Year 5, allow children to delve into the era and truly understand what life was like during those eras.
Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum at St Osmund’s is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In line with the national curriculum, St Osmund’s 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.