History

History

“A high-quality History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. History helps pupils 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.” (Revised National Curriculum 2014)

At Woodchurch CE Primary School, we believe that the study of History gives us a fascinating insight into what the world was like before our time and how that has shaped our world today.  Not only do we endeavour to help children acquire a sound knowledge base about people, societies and events in the past, we also encourage them to develop their critical thinking skills, analysing and interpreting evidence, to formulate their own ideas and perspectives.

Encouraging pupils to compare and contrast the past with their lives today enables them to foster their own sense of identity and place in the world. We also believe that a greater awareness of different customs, cultures and practices, whether past or present, helps children understand and appreciate the diverse nature of our world today.

In KS1, pupils are taught about:

  • changes within living memory
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

In KS2, pupils are taught about:

 

  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • a local history study
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history –Mayan civilization c. AD 900

 

At Woodchurch CE Primary School, these areas are taught as part of a cross-curricular scheme of study.  As well as specific lessons on the particular historical era, aspects of the period may feature in English, Maths, Art, D.T., Music or Science lessons, enabling a greater understanding of the theme to be developed across many different areas of the curriculum.  Children learn not only by accessing information provided by the teacher, but also through independent research (using books and the internet), writing and role-play activities and practical projects such as cooking or Art/D.T. work.

Through careful planning and the provision of interesting activities, we aim to encourage a keen interest in learning about history that children will take with them, not only through primary and secondary school but on into adult life.

 

Useful websites

These sites have lots of information about different historical periods.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/history/

 

This website has lots of ideas for history projects at home, as well as interesting videos and photos.

http://www.show.me.uk/section/history