Our Vision for History
By the end of their time with us, children will know stories both local as well as from far and wide and will understand their significance in shaping Britain and the world.
They will have developed their historical thinking as well as their ability to investigate, consider, reflect and review events and people from the past.
Their enquiring minds will enable them to ask and answer challenging historical questions and be able to make links between events, (underpinned by a deep seated understanding of chronology), understand change and continuity, identify similarity and difference, cause and effect and interpret events and developments.
They will use historical terms accurately and confidently and draw upon knowledge and skills from other subjects when communicating their ideas and findings.
Our children will demonstrate a sense of social responsibility and a respect for diversity. They will be willing to engage in and comment on a range of events and issues from the past that may be considered (both now and in the past) to be immoral, sensitive or controversial, leading to debates about what is right and wrong and passing judgment.
Overall, they will feel well equipped and prepared for the next stage of their history education and feel proud of their place.
What are we doing in each year group?
Key Stage 1 History fits into four categories:
- Changes within living memory
- Events beyond living memory
- Lives of significant individuals in the past
- Significant historical events, people and places within our locality
The topics covered by Year 1 and Year 2 sit well in meeting these requirements.
Old and New Toys
Life of Amy Johnson & the Montgolfier brothers
Changes in Transport
Food Glorious Food – covering changes in food throughout time – linked to the Victorian Period
The Great Fire of London including a study of Samuel Pepys
The Gunpowder Plot including a study of Guy Fawkes
Salt’s Mill, Sir Titus Salt and David Hockney
Key Stage 2 History is broken down into:
- Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
- The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
- Britain’s settlement by the Anglo-Saxons and Scots
- The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
- A local history study
- A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- The achievements of the earliest civilizations
- Ancient Greece
- A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history.
Stone Age to the Iron Age
Crime & Punishment
WWI & WWII
The Tudors – Were Tudor Queens better than Tudor Kings?
The 7 Wonders of the Ancient & Modern World