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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 Pharaohs and Gods, e.g. Tutankhamen

Howard Carter

King Alfred

Thomas Andrews

Molly Brown

Adolf Hitler

Winston Churchill

Mayan Gods and Rulers

Benin Obas