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 and this is linked to English writing.
Year 2- In History, Year2 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- Anglo Saxons is one of the history topics studied and the pupils also learn about the origins of place names linked to this period.
Year 6- In English, Year 6 study ‘Ice Trap’, detailing the life of Ernest Shackleton. This is linked to their history and geographical topic on Antarctica.
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. We aim to create memorable learning experiences with planned and spontaneous experiences within and beyond the classroom and this often includes work with experts.
History is taught half termly and the topics for each year group are on the overall Curriculum Map and detailed in Year Group information.
History – Year 3
As part of our Humanities topic about The Stone Age, Year 3 made Sabre Tooth Tiger necklaces.
We carefully sculpted the teeth and bones out of dough. Next we made holes in the bones so that we were able to thread our string through them, and finally after they had dried, we created our necklaces. They helped us to understand how the Stone Age people lived, hunted and used the materials they had access to.