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History

A vital part of a child’s development is to be given the opportunity to appreciate, explore and analyse historical events within British and world history. Our History curriculum aims to stimulate and engage children’s interest through the exploration of historical artefacts and primary resources. We cover a wide range of rich and diverse topics and provide children with the necessary tools to enquire and develop their questioning skills to think like a historian. Our curriculum constantly encourages children to build the skills to become curious learners and to constantly question and explore the world around them.

 

From early years, children begin to understand the terminology of the past and present by exploring events in their own lives and lives of others. As they move into Key Stage 1, children begin to explore changes within living memory such as looking at old and new toys. In addition, children begin to explore the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to change such as Neil Armstrong and Florence Nightingale, as well as, the exploration of historical events such as the Great Fire of London and the Gunpowder Plot. At Key stage 2, the curriculum is much more proscriptive. Children begin to learn about significant events in British history, such as the Stone Age, and are also introduced to some world class historical civilisations, such as the Ancient Egyptians and the Ancient Greeks.

 

The topics taught aid children to develop many skills including those of enquiry, research and sequencing events in chronological order. Children have the opportunity to explore the processes of change through cause and effect, gain historical perspective (by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts), make assumptions and predictions by looking at a variety of sources and critically evaluate different points of view.

 

Furthermore, we provide children in each key stage with the opportunities to visit educational sites such as museums explore historical artefacts and offer workshops where children can engage and interact in a certain historical period. As a whole school, we host a very successful international evening where we dedicate a week of learning to explore, celebrate and embrace a specific country. In addition, we dedicate assemblies to celebrate important events such as the ending of the World War and Black History month. 

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Project Topics

Year 1

Exploring new and old toys

Dinosaurs

Year 2

The Great fire of London

The Gunpowder Plot

Journeys

Exploring the lives of significant individuals: Neil Armstrong, Ibn Batuta, Christopher Columbus

Heroes and Villians

Exploring significant individuals who have stood for change in History.

Sports - Exploring significant individuals in Sport

Year 3

The Stone Ages

Changes in Britain from the stone age to the Iron Age.

Romans

The Roman empire and its impact on Britain.

Year 4

Ancient Egypt -The achievements of the earliest civilisations; an overview of where and when the first civilisations appeared and an in depth study of Ancient Egypt.

Saxons and Vikings - Britain’s settlements by Anglo-Saxons ad Scots; The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.

Year 5

Victorians - A study of an aspect or theme in British History that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

World War – Poland WW1 WW2

 

Year 6

Ancient Greece - A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.

Middle East Including Baghdad 900AD - A study of non-European society that provides contrasts with British History.

The World since 1948

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