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History

Primary

Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Nursery and Reception classes the students are introduced to history through stories and discussions related to past and present. They are assessed through the early learning outcomes and specifically about people and knowledge and understanding of the World.

Years 1 and 2

In Years 1 and 2 students are introduced to history through the Edison Learning Curriculum. There are also opportunities to take part in wow days with historical relevance. British values are taught through significant historical events e.g Remembrance Day, Royal anniversaries, political milestones.

Yr 1

Why do we play with different toys as we grow older?

Childhood and technological change, toys and games.

Sig Individuals: Ole Kirk Christiansen and LEGO

 

Where will we go for a great day out?

Our Great Exhibition

Education, railway journeys, The Great Exhibition

Sig Individuals: Thomas Edison, Elizabeth Fry, Isambard Brunel, Richard Branson

 

Where did it happen? When did it happen? History and Geography in the news – ongoing LU Y1/2

Yr2

Pride in Place

What do we like about our place? What makes us proud of our place?

Buildings, shops, homes, streets and spaces

The Great Fire of London Sept 2 1666

 

What makes us like other animals?

 

Geography - Location of creatures in hot and cold areas, mountains, deserts, oceans, jungles, forests, lakes

 

How did families have fun in the past?

The Seaside

Robert Stephenson railway networks and The Rocket

George Hudson the Railway King 1800-1871

Local railway line builders – Morton Peto and Lowestoft; George Tomline and Felixstowe

Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood and Fleetwood

Years 3 to 6

In Years 3 to 6, students are introduced to history through the Edison Learning Curriculum. There are also opportunities to take part in wow days with historical relevance. British values are taught through significant historical events e.g. Remembrance Day, Royal anniversaries, political milestones.

Year 3

Who were the greatest builders in the world?

Overview: First civilisations

Comparison Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age in Britain with

Ancient Egyptians Depth: Middle Kingdom 1550-1000 BC

Event: the discovery of Lindow Man, the bog body

 

Let’s go on an adventure. Would we like to visit Guatemala?

Guatemala City and the Lowlands region

Mayan civilisation AD900 and What was happening here at this time? Alfred the Great, Athelstan

 

How can we make living here better for everyone?

Town Planners

Ghost Towns: American West, Libya, Namibia, Angola

 

Year 4

Why do we speak English at school? Where did English come from?

of the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings arrival and settlement of the British Isles.

Depth study of a local example of one of them.

Stories selected from Boudica, Sutton Hoo, Augustine, Alfred the Great, Bede

Should we stop eating chocolate?

Origins of Chocolate – Mayan and Aztec societies and the spread to Europe

Biography in a bag – Cadbury and Fry

 

Year 5

 

Why would someone build a castle in England? Why don’t we build them now?

A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.

Sig individual: William of Normandy and 1066+, Edward 1st 1272-1307

Fairground

Biography in a bag – Newton

Year 6

What’s out there?

Out of This World

Y5 Science

 

Biography in a bag - Copernicus

 

 

Has there ever been a better time to live here?

A study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (this can go beyond 1066)

Possible aspects: political, military, economic, social

 

Why do some creatures no longer exist?

Why was Charles Darwin the most dangerous man in England in 1859?

Biography in a bag

Darwin

Years 7, 8 and 9

In Years 7, 8 and 9 we focus on British, European and World history to give our young people a broad understanding of the events which have shaped the world in which we live. We focus on enquiry based learning to engage and stimulate our students. The teaching of history is also aimed to not only build knowledge of the past but also develop the skills required at GCSE and the transferable skills required to fulfil students’ academic potential.

Topics studied and content covered include:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

In Year 7 students study the following topics:

  • 1. Medieval Britain – Life in medieval Britain, The Black Death, The Norman Conquest and its impact on Britain.
  • 2. Tudors and The Stuarts – Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, The Stuarts and The English Civil War, Early development of The British Empire.
  • In Year 8 students study the following topics:
  • 1. The Industrial Revolution – How Britain changed between 1750-1900, students carry out an investigation into the most important people of the Industrial Revolution including Brunel. Look at medicine and public health in Victorian Britain and consider who had the worst job between 1750-1900. Students will also carry out an investigation into The Transatlantic Slave Trade.
  • 2. The Twentieth Century World – Students  look at the causes of WW1, the course and events of the war and its aftermath. They look at Nazi Germany and causes of WW2 before looking at the events of the war and investigating why the Allies were victorious.
  • In Year 9 students begin by carrying out an enquiry based around each of the units they potentially could study in GCSE history. Students carry out investigations and enquiries into:
  • Florence Nightingale
  • The Battle of Little Bighorn
  • The Spanish Armada
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • They then being their GCSE course in the second half of Year 9.