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History

History

History is taught throughout school following the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (2012) and the National Curriculum (2014). Children have the opportunity to learn about a range of historical periods from the Stone Age to 1066 and beyond and also aspects of local history (see the Long Term Plan below).

History is taught in a creative, multidisciplinary way using a range of resources to enhance pupils’ learning, including visits to places of historical significance, visitors with specialist knowledge, access to artifacts, books, quality interactive whiteboard presentations and IPad applications. In addition, every pupil has the opportunity to engage with the past on a personal level through a creative process; for example, making pottery from the Stone Age, a Viking shield or creating a Story Sack or green screen presentation (see the Computing web page).

In Key Stages 1 and 2 History is taught in blocks of time over a half term rather than in weekly sessions so that pupils can immerse themselves in the time period and can build on key skills and knowledge rapidly. Pupils learn a wide range of approaches to historical material and are encouraged to be critical, to evaluate, justify and hypothesise based on the evidence before them. The ‘Connected History’ scheme developed by David Weatherly provides a series of question-based enquiries used to develop key historical ideas and skills (see the questions on the Long Term Plan below).

 

Knowledge and skills are then assessed by the classroom teacher alongside the History co-ordinator at the end of every term.

History Long Term Plan

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Foundation Stage

 

 

Foundation Stage Curriculum

Understanding the World – Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.

Y1

 

 

Great Fire of London

 

Florence Nightingale

What does it mean for someone to ‘make history?’

Victorian Homes

 

Y2

 

 

Guy Fawkes

 

Great Explorers

What does it take to be a great explorer?

Who is the greatest history maker?
Y3

 

 

Ancient Egypt Changes from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

How do artifacts help us understand the lives of people in Iron Age Britain?

Y4

 

 

Ancient Greece

The story of the Trojan Horse: historical fact, legend or classical myth?

Romans

How did the arrival of the Romans change Britain?

Y5 Anglo Saxons

Who were the Anglo-Saxons and how do we know what was important to them?

 

  Vikings – York local study

What did King George VI mean when he said ‘The history of York is the history of England?’

 

Y6 World War II

Why was winning the Battle of Britain in 1940 so important?

 

  Mayan Civilization c. AD 900

Why did the ancient Maya change the way they lived?

 

Connected History enquiries

Pupils on a whole school visit to Eden Camp Autumn 2018