At St Thomas of Canterbury we aim to use history to develop key skills in our children to enable them to become excellent critical thinkers. Through research and study, we ignite the children’s imagination to inspire them to understand the past and stimulate a mind full of curiosity and enquiry. History helps the children understand the diversity of societies, progression and change, cause and effect as well as developing their own identity and acknowledging the challenges of our time which enables us to make links with the future.

Throughout their time at St Thomas’ children will learn that history is challenging, with sources that are often missing parts, and requires imagination to speculate and fill in the gaps. It can change quickly with new evidence. We aim to give the children the skills and passion for a subject that is huge, by educating them with topics both from Britain and around the world.

We believe that educational visits to museums, heritage sites and galleries will deepen the children’s understanding through a ‘hands on’ approach and visually stimulate their minds.

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

Marcus Garvey


History Progression of Skills