History

Click here for a montage of History work from across the school in September 2020:

History Newsletter Pages

TEACHING HISTORY

History is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum.  Cross curricular links are evident throughout the year groups and school planning. Teachers work collaboratively to plan for whole school projects termly.

An engaging history curriculum will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, interpret evidence and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between relevant groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

The school libraries are well resourced for the topics studied and our local area has places of significant historical importance including the site of the Small Arms’ Factory.

CROSS CURRICULAR LINKS

History topics provide many opportunities for cross-curricular links with other areas of the curriculum. Our curriculum encourages the interconnected knowledge, skills and understanding needed for lifelong learning and being responsible global citizens.

Examples of these are evident in each Year group.

Year 1 – In History, pupils learn about Toys through the ages linked to English writing.

Year 2- In History, Year 2 pupils study the Great Fire of London and use this to write a newspaper report in English.

Year 3- In Year 3 learn about the River Nile and link this to their History topic in Ancient Egypt.

Year 4- In Year 4, pupils learn about Ancient Greece and study Greek myths in English.

Year 5- The Vikings is studied in Year 5, linked to writing about invasion and settlers.

Year 6- In English, Year 6 study Changes in the Monarchy, with a focus on Henry VIII and Elizabeth II.

We encourage learning outdoors and out of the school classroom where possible and believe in offering the children a wealth of experiences to stimulate their questioning and learning. 

Remembrance Day

Poppy Installation

Curriculum

In 2020, History is taught in a blocked fortnight. The topics for each year group are on the overall Curriculum Map and detailed in Year Group information that is shared with parents.