Each term every class will study a new topic. The topics are broad which allows the children to engage with the facts and consider some of the bigger questions. Our topics are either Geography or History focussed, with the option of linking to other foundation subjects.
Our History topics cover the main strands:
- Chronological Understanding
- Knowledge and Interpretation
- Historical Enquiry
Our History curriculum starts in the Early Years Foundation Stage where children begin to establish their sense of history according to their life story. The recognise that things were different between their childhood and other members of their family and this is then developed further in the Year 1 topic of Toys. Following the interests of the child and continual assessment, we adjust our provision accordingly to ensure that they meet their end of year outcomes in Understanding the World.
Click here to see the EYFS History Progression Map 2021-22.
All of the objectives are mapped out across the year groups and can be seen in the KS1 and KS2 History Progression Map 2021-22.
Year 1 start their year with a topic about toys. They use this to consider old toy and new toys and are beginning to use historical language to describe that some objects belong to the past. They use old toys as artefacts to ask and answer questions to find out more about who the toy belonged to.
Year 2 build on this historical language and learn about the Great Fire of London. They learn the key facts and dates about the event and chronologically order what happened on each day. They recognise that life was different in the past and so the way people reacted would have been different as well (for example, how they tried to put the fires out). Being in London means that we have access to many places linked to the Great Fire of London, such as the Monument and the Tower of London.
Year 3 study two ancient civilisations, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Britain. In both these topics, children learn about AD and BC, and the difference between them, and use a timeline to map out when events took place. They learn to appreciate that life in Early Britain was very different to our lives today and use this to suggest why they behaved in certain ways.
Year 4 build on this knowledge by learning about the Romans. They learn about what life was like during the Roman times and start to look at different versions of the same event to think about different sources and points of view. They also consider how the Romans have helped shape our lives today.
Year 5 consider other periods in British history and think about the impact that the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings on the UK. They consider how decisions were made then and how this has developed into decisions being made in Parliament today. They use the facts they have learnt and different sources to debate who had the most impact on events in the past.
Year 6 focus on more recent history and learn about World War II. They place it on a timeline and learn all the key events of the war. The children develop the idea of point of view by studying propaganda and looking at key events using a range of different sources. At the end of this topic, they are able to summarise how Britain has had a major influence on World History.
To enhance our History curriculum, we study high quality texts in our English lessons. This helps us to learn about key figures in History and broaden our Historical vocabulary.