Our history curriculum inspires children to be curious about the past of both their own country and of the wider world, from the earliest times to the present day. Our aim is for them to develop their understanding of the variety of societies there have been over time, of relationships between different groups, of how complex different people’s lives have been and of the process of change. We use an enquiry-based approach and students are encouraged to generate their own questions about the past and to follow their own lines of enquiry to answer these. To help students develop their understanding of how we know, and how certain we can be, about the past we explore a range of sources of evidence, thinking critically about our discoveries. History links closely with many other curriculum areas such as English, geography, art and design and Philosophy and RE, as well as offering opportunities to investigate global cultures and communities. As we investigate the position of children in different societies and at different times clear connections are made to the UNICEF rights of the child and Global Goals.
Early Years, Year 1 and 2
What Were Homes Like Long Ago?
This term we are going to continue work started last term, comparing our homes with homes in the past. We will look for key features, identifying similarities and differences between homes built at different times. We’ll investigate a range of household objects, try to work out what they were used for and compare them with their modern equivalents. Finally, we’ll all roll up our sleeves and set to work in Mrs A’s Victorian Laundry.
Key vocabulary for this focus:-
long ago, past and pre-sent, old/modern, features, similarities, differences, design, arte-facts, household objects, washstand, range, stove, dolly tub, flat-iron, mangle
Year 3 and 4
Once we have completed the final part of our History Vikings Focus we will move on to Art.
Year 5 and 6
The Shang Dynasty.
This term we will be travelling back thousands of years to northern China where one of the great civilisations of the ancient world, the Shang Dynasty, evolved. This is the first Chinese dynasty for which we have written and archaeological evidence and we will use this to develop our understanding of the organisation of this society and what life was like for the people who lived at this time.
Key vocabulary for this focus:-
alloy, ancestors, bronze, chronology, civilisation, clan, concrete evidence, culture, dynasty, Emperor, excavations, hierarchy, inscribe/inscription, jade, motif, nobility, rank, oracle bones, rituals, sacrifice, social classes, society, talisman, vessels
Spring Term 2020
Rec and Year 1: We are looking at toys throughout history this term, in particular at similarities and differences between toys today and toys in the past. We will be asking parents and grandparents to share their memories of toys they had when they were small and studying a range of old and modern toys, describing their characteristics and using our knowledge to determine whether a toy is old or new. Our work will link closely with DT learning about toys and we will also be making our own toys, inspired by home-made toys of the past.
Year 2 and 3: We are investigating the lives of the people who during the period in history known as Iron Age, linking it to our learning about the Bronze Ages and investigating how life developed from then. We will explore Iron Age hill forts, tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture.
Year4, 5 and 6: The Victorians provide us with such a wealth of material that we are continuing with our exploration of this period of British history this term. Students will chose to independently research an aspect of the Victorian era that is of particular interest to them.
You can see the National Curriculum History Programmes of study by clicking on the link below