Historical themes are a major focus of much of our topic work. The teaching of History aims to develop a sense of chronology and the abilities to enquire, organise, interpret and understand. Skills from different subjects are also applied and developed in our history learning and the subject is taught both discretely and within other areas of learning such as English, Art, PE and Computing.
We aim to deliver a high-quality history education. From Year 2 to Year 6 each year group covers two history themes a year:
Year 1: Change within living memory
Year 2: The Great Fire of London, Explorers
Year 3: Stone Age to Iron Age, Local History
Year 4: Ancient Egyptians, Romans
Year 5: Anglo Saxons/Vikings, Ancient Greeks
Year 6: British Democracy, Aztecs (modern day Mexico)
To deliver a high-quality history education which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching seeks to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. The History curriculum aims to help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study from the National Curriculum.
By the end of Year 2 children will be taught to:
Develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
By the end of Year 6 children will be taught to:
Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.