History is taught thematically and is always linked to the overall theme for the half term, as well as learning in other curriculum areas. The History curriculum is sequenced enabling pupils to build upon prior learning. We believe this approach provides purpose and relevance for children and allows them to become fully immersed in their learning. We are also aspirational to provide challenge to all pupils.
Our aims for History is to ensure that by the end of KS2 all pupils:
· know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
· know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
· gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
· understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
· understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
· gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales
The history curriculum allows each child to understand their importance and place in the world. It helps children to develop a sense of identity, flourish and make sense of the world in which they live. All pupils can access and take part in history trips, visits to school and learning outcomes, regardless of SEND or FSM status. Our units of work have been specifically chosen to engage and motivate our children, but most importantly, to make history relevant to them.
In EYFS, we introduce children to the concept of the past and begin to think about significant events in their lives so far. As we move into Key Stage 1, we teach the children that they are part of a world with a rich and varied past. We look in depth at the history of our school and education during the Victorian era.
As our children move through the school, they are introduced to a variety of events and civilisations that contribute to the global timeline. Each unit of work allows the children to explore the relevance of history to their daily lives and how, as a global citizens, they can learn from the past.
Pupils frequently carry out research about significant people and events/ periods in history, both within lessons and as part of homework tasks. Pupils often use apps or the internet on school iPads for historical research.
Our children often read historical books as individual reads and as part of their class reading time. This serves to enthuse them further about discovering more about the past.
Pupils frequently use the language of time during history learning and ordinal language is often used during history in EYFS and KS1, whilst KS2 calculate differences between dates in order to find out about time periods or work out changes over time.
We had a fantastic morning when Florence Nightingale visited school with her friend, Sidney Herbert. We found out all about Florence’s life before dressing up and becoming nurses and soldiers ourselves! We examined real Victorian medical and cleaning equipment and compared it to what is used in hospitals today.
“I learnt that hospitals need to be clean.” Sami M
“I learnt that Florence was very kind to all of the soldiers.” Georgie A
“I learnt that Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 and died in 1910.” Fynn S
“I thought this morning was fantastic and I loved dressing up!” Lily P