At St Richard's we intend to develop children's knowledge and understanding of both Britain's past and that of the wider world, encouraging an interest in the life of those before us. We teach historical skills to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today. We teach children a sense of chronology and how to investigate past events using skills of enquiry, analysis and problem solving.
Through our topics, we explore many aspects of history including significant individuals such as Mary Anning the famous fossil finder and Queen Boudicca who led a revolt against Roman rule. We learn about different periods of British history, for example the Roman Empire and Victorian times, as well as exploring history of the wider world, such as when investigating the lifestyle of the Ancient Greeks.
We are very fortunate to live in a city enriched with history, from the Stone Age to the Romans, and more recently the birthplace of famous astronaut Timothy Peake! Chichester's Local History is a particular area of interest for us here at St Richard's, with the city walls and Novium museum right on our doorstep.
We believe that a creative approach to history can really bring the subject alive! Our topics are full of storytelling, drama, discussions, debates and even the occasional mystery to solve. Our lessons are enriched with historical sources and medias for the children to explore and to encourage further enquiry. We also ensure that we are using good quality texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to give the children a better understanding of people and events from the past.