History is taught in order to stimulate the pupils’ interest and understanding about significant events and the lives of significant people in the past and how these important factors have influenced our lives today.
We aim to foster in pupils an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer through knowing about significant events in British and world history, appreciating how things have changed over time.
History is taught using a variety of resources and experiences, including visitors to school, drama, artefacts, visual resources and Information Technology.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children talk about their experiences and the lives of people around them, as well as developing an understanding of the past and comparing the past with now. This is part of the Understanding the World area of The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Staff respond swiftly to the children’s own child initiated learning experiences, interacting in a way which moves learning forwards for all learners. Understanding the World activities are also planned as part of the teaching sequence, which all children will be involved in.
History is planned and delivered at Key Stage 1 (years one and two) in line with the National Curriculum. Skills are taught progressively from Reception to year 6, with opportunities for children to build on and embed their learning.
Reception children continue to talk about their own experiences of events. They act out scenarios which demonstrate their knowledge of the past. For example, a child may build a bus, role play the journey, then discuss bus trips they have completed with family members.
During the Summer term, year one children studied artefacts from the past, as part of the topic “Step back in time”. They learnt about different periods in history including the Victorian era and cave paintings. They also found out about significant people, including William Shakespeare and the Beatles band, as part of their cross- curricular work.
As part of the topic “Art around the world”, year two children were introduced to the Egyptians. The children attempted to copy hieroglyphic symbols, which were used by the Egyptians.
Children talk about their past experiences, including days out with their family and special times such as birthdays. They find out about the past and how life has changed from a variety of sources, including photographs, objects and stories.
During the Spring term, the children learnt about dinosaurs. They found out lots of facts about dinosaurs using a variety of resources.
Year one studied the topic of ‘Our Planet and Beyond.’ The children learnt about the history of space travel including learning about the race to space and the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin. They have been introduced to time lines for the events of space travel.
During the topic of ‘Air, Land and Sea’ the children have learnt about Lord Admiral Nelson. They found out about important dates in his life and could use prior knowledge of how a timeline works to create their own timeline for Lord Admiral Nelson. Some of the children were able to expand on the information and wrote additional facts for each date.
Reception children undertook activities linked to bonfire night at the beginning of November. Activities included discussing experiences of bonfire night, watching videos of the celebration, finding out about firework safety, and creating firework pictures.
During the topic ‘Winter Wonderland’ the children learnt about Robert Falcon Scott and how his team tried several times to reach the South Pole. The children learnt that he recorded his travels in a diary, his ship got stuck in ice for 20 days and that unfortunately they did not make it home from the South Pole. The children enjoyed learning about how his team put a British flag at the South Pole when they finally arrived but were disappointed that another team had beaten Robert Falcon Scott’s team. After lots of class discussion the children were keen to record their learning onto fact sheets. They used what they had learnt and their knowledge from the Geography lesson to record full sentences. Many children said they would like to record their adventures in a diary like Robert Falcon Scott!
As part of our topic Night time the children have learnt about a siginificant person from the past, Guy Fawkes. The children wrote about who Guy Fawkes was and why he is an important historical person.
They picked some items that Guy Fawkes might have used in 1605 and described how he would have used them. They then explained the difference between objects that Guy Fawkes could have used, compared with what he might have used today.
Year 2 children have learnt about life in Norwich in the past. They studied the cathedral and castle in Norwich. Lessons included looking at artefacts relating to Norwich’s past, comparing old and new landmarks in Norwich, and finding out about castles and how they were defended. They also looked at the significant people Edith Cavell and William the Conquerer.
Remembrance Day was marked within the federation this year with the selling of poppies and individual class assemblies. In each class the children also took part in a silence at 11am. The children discussed with their classes the importance of the day. They learnt a little bit about the history of selling poppies, looked at photographs related to Remembrance day, and discussed why we come together every year to mark this event. The Reception children spent time during the day creating and making their own poppies to take home. During the infant assemblies, the children were shown a short animation designed to explain Remembrance Day to younger children.