The very foundation of St Catherine’s has a rich history that is embedded in our motto ‘Veritas’. It was the Dominican Sisters who founded the school and their intent was that ‘Education must be based on an understanding and expression of truth, fully expressed in the person of Jesus Christ.’ History holds many truths, that we want the children to explore. At St Catherine’s we want our children to love history. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be archivists, museum curators, archaeologists or research analysts.
Our aim is that, through the teaching of History, we stimulate all children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past and are very much making history in the present. We teach children a sense of chronology, in order to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. This enables our children to learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain. We aim to make all children aware of the actions of important people in history and enable children to know about significant events in history, whilst appreciating how things have changed over time.
History will also ensure our children understand how the world developed as a global society, contributing to their understanding of their country of residence, we also identify and celebrate the special days of the families represented in our community. We embrace our diversity and identify that in our history ethos. Furthermore, our children will learn about aspects of local, British, World and Ancient history. This wider awareness leads to the children having knowledge of historical development in the wider world. We believe that by allowing the children to understand the importance and enjoyment of History through enquiry, investigation and opportunities to question, children will become fantastic global citizens and strive ‘to be who God created you to be.’