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History

Subject Leader - Mrs Carolyn Cooper

Link Governor - Mr Mike Summerfield

 

Curriculum Intent

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” - Theodore Roosevelt

 

Through our History curriculum, we strive to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the past. Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children 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. We believe that teaching History in this way is important in broadening children's horizons, challenging preconceived ideas and developing life skills as they move up through the school and we would promote this by using aims (which you can look at here).

 

You can click here to read the full history intent statement

 

Curriculum Delivery

Each class, from Year 1 to 6, History lessons incorporate whole-class teaching, group activities and individual learning. These sessions are planned carefully by teachers, using the National Curriculum as our core scheme of work, in order to ensure that all children are included and that lessons are varied and challenging. They build on the children's prior learning and create solid foundations for what will come next in their learning. 

In Early Years, history activities are part of the their ‘Understanding the World’ learning.

 

Curriculum Coverage

The skills progression for Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 show how History skills progress over the different year groups. These skills are covered in our knowledge planners (see below) for the 2 year rolling cycle. All of these skills have been built upon from the History curriculum documents. 

History has a significant vocabulary content, for more information about the language we use in history refer to the knowledge planners below. 

In Early Years, the children explore the ‘Past and Present’ by investigating their own lives; by listening and looking at books based on the lives of Historical figures; and by exploring national historical celebrations, such as Remembrance and Fireworks Night.

 

Knowledge Planners

Knowledge planners by age group can be found below. We work on a two-year cycle (Cycle A – 2021-2022 & Cycle B – 2022-2023). 

 

Cycle A

 

Term 1

 Time Travellers

Term 2

 Our World and Beyond

Term 3

Crack the Code

Term 4

A Drop in the Ocean

Term 5

 Black Canvas

Term 6

 It’s a Wonderful world

Year 1/2

Vikings

Remembrance

Guy Fawkes

Fossils

History of Communication

 

Great Fire of London

Terracotta Army and Timelines

Year 3/4

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

 

 

 

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots:

 

Year 5/6

Life in Ancient Egypt

 

 

 

Early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900.

 

 

 

Cycle B

 

Term 1

 Tell Me a Story

Term 2

 Can we Build?

Term 3

Let Me Entertain You

Term 4

Journeys

Term 5

Nature Detectives

Term 6

Enterprise

Year 1/2

Fire of London

Castles

Historical People

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

 

 

Year 3/4

Changes in Britain in the Stone Age

Iron Age to Bronze Age

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5/6

World War II - a study of an aspect or theme in British history

A local history study (Bath)

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

 

 

 

 

 

Long Term Curriculum Plans

History Year 1 and 2

History Year 3 and 4

History Year 5 and 6