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.
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.
Many History units are covered in our school:
Key Stage 1
Year 1 - Events beyond living memory that are nationally significant (The Great Fire of London); Ways of Life - people in the past, local or national (houses and homes long ago); lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national achievements (Queen Elizabeth II)
Year 2 - Events beyond living memory that are significant globally (Remembrance Day); lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national achievements (Florence Nightingale); Ways of Life - people in the past, local or national (seaside holidays in the past).
Key Stage 2
Year 3 - Changes in Britain from Stone Age to Iron Age; Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; and a local historical event (coal mining).
Year 4 - Britain's settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots and the achievements of the earliest civilisations (Ancient Egypt).
Year 5 - Vikings and Anglo Saxon's struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor and Ancient Greece.
Year 6 - A study of an aspect or theme in British history (WWII) and a study of an non-European society (Benin).