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School Mission Statement

History Curriculum

Why is History important?

History is important because it helps pupils to understand and interpret the past, and therefore, the present.  Through history, pupils develop a deeper cross-cultural awareness and understanding of their own and others’ heritage, through looking at evidence and asking and answering questions.  In history, we can analyse successes and failures, which, in turn, teaches us to learn from our mistakes.

When is History taught?

History is taught through thematic units. The attached overview (Appendix 1) maps out which thematic units feature in this subject and the Long-Term Plan (Appendix 2) clearly shows the objectives taught.

Appendix 1

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Nursery

All about me

Celebrations

Traditional tales

Growth and mini-beasts

Dinosaurs

Space

Reception

People and places

Around the world

Space

Traditional tales

Growing and mini-beasts

Under the sea

Year 1

 

Gunpowder Plot

 

Changes in transport

 

Significant people

Year 2

Significant people (Florence Nightingale)

 

Great Fire of London

 

Holidays/Seaside changes over time

 

Year 3

Romans

 

Vikings

 

Stone Age

 

Year 4

Ancient Greece

 

Victorians

 

Tudors

 

Year 5

Ancient Egypt

 

 

Anglo-Saxons

 

Titanic

Year 6

 

WWII

Mayan Civilisation

 

 

Benin

Appendix 2

 

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

National Curriculum links

Year 1

Gunpowder Plot

Changes in Transport

Significant People, including St Alban

*Changes within living memory

*Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally

*Lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements

*Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

Year 2

Significant People (Florence Nightingale)

Great Fire of London

Holidays/ Sea-sides over time

*Changes within living memory

*Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally

*Lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements

Year 3

Romans

Vikings

Stone Age

*Changes in Britain from Stone Age

*Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

*Viking struggle for the Kingdom of England

*Study of an aspect of local history or a site

Year 4

Ancient Greece

Victorians

Tudors

*Studies of an aspect of British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

*Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

*Significant turning point in British history

*Local history study (how aspects of national history are reflected in the locality)

Year 5

Ancient Egypt

Anglo-Saxons

Titanic

*Achievements of the earliest civilisations

*Britain’s settlements by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

*Studies of an aspect of British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

 

Year 6

WWII

Mayan Civilisation

Benin

*Studies of an aspect of British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

*Non-European society that provides contrasts with British history

How is History taught?

History is taught through a combination of subject knowledge, historical skills, enquiry and fieldwork. Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom.  Lessons have a heavy enquiry focus where children are encouraged to ask and answer questions using a range of sources, including ICT.  Children are given opportunities to learn through handling and investigating a range of resources and artefacts. 

Historical trips/workshops:

Year 1 – Gunpowder Mills (Waltham Abbey)

Year 2 – London (Pudding Lane, Monument)

Year 3 – Verulamium

Year 4 – Victorians (Bushey Museum), Hatfield House

Year 5 – British Museum (Egyptians)

Year 6 – Mayans workshop

 

In EYFS, History is taught throughout all topics, covering the following skills from the EYFS Curriculum;

*Talks about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.

*Looks closely at similarities, differences, pattern and change.

*Explains why some things occur.

*Talks about changes

Who do we learn about in History?

We learn about the following individuals:-

Saint Alban

Neil Armstrong

Samuel Pepys

Florence Nightingale

Mary Seacole

Roman Emperors and rulers

Viking Gods, e.g. Odin, Thor, etc

Ragnor Lothbruk

Greek Gods

Queen Victoria

Henry VIII

Egyptian Pharoahs and Gods, e.g. Tutankhamen

Howard Carter

King Alfred

Thomas Andrews

Molly Brown

Adolf Hitler

Winston Churchill

Mayan Gods and Rulers

Benin Obas