History enables children to develop their knowledge and understanding of people, events and developments in the past at local, national and international levels. History has a valuable role to play in enabling children to learn about, and come to value the contributions made in the past by people from different ethnic and cultural groups, particularly those from ethnic, social and religious minorities. History, as outlined in the SESE: History Curriculum is an investigative subject. It emphasises the child's development of knowledge and concepts and open and responsible attitudes through working as an historian.
The History Curriculum is for all children in the primary school from junior infants to sixth class. It is presented in two distinct sections.
It includes a skills and concepts section entitled Working as an historian which describes the historical skills and concepts that children should develop as they encounter topics in history. Depending on the class level, these skills can include:
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