History

In History children are given the opportunity to develop an awareness of the past and of the many ways in which the past differs from the present day. This is achieved through both factual accounts of past events and fictional stories set in the past. Children will also study the past by means of pictures, photographs and eyewitness reports as well as verbal accounts of past events given by adults. Additional methods of developing children's knowledge of History will include studies of the environment, particularly buildings, and the use of computer-based material.

Pupils will be taught about the lives of some of the famous men and women who have shaped the course of history, as well as events such as the Gunpowder Plot and the Olympic games that have been remembered and commemorated by succeeding generations.

The children will be encouraged to ask questions about the past and to consolidate their understanding in a variety of ways- for example, by making models, writing, drawing and acting out episodes from the past. Speaking and listening activities give children opportunities to use the new vocabulary they have been introduced to.

History is taught in both continuous units and in shorter blocks. ICT is used to help children research topics, develop specific historical skills and communicate their knowledge and understanding. While much of the subject will be taught in a cross-curricular manner the devlopment of historical skills remains a focus.

History units covered are:

Key Stage 1

* The Great Fire of London, homes long ago, Queen Elizabeth II and the Coronation, Remembrance day, Florence Nightingale, seaside holidays in the past.

Key Stage 2

* Romans, local area study (coal mining), Henry VIII, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Second World War, life in Britain since 1948.