The aim of history teaching at FCJ School is to stimulate the pupils’ interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach pupils a sense of chronology. Through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. History teaching focuses on enabling pupils to think as historians. We place an emphasis on examining historical artefacts and primary sources. FCJ makes use of Jersey’s enormously rich historical resources. Thus, they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in Jersey and in modern multi-cultural Britain.
By considering how people lived in the past they are better able to make their own life choices today. At FCJ School, history makes a significant contribution to citizenship education by teaching about how Jersey developed as part of the British democratic society. We teach pupils to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.