Mrs Turner is responsible for History. This means ensuring there is an ambitious curriculum set, supporting teachers to implement it through high-quality lessons and checking that everything is helping children to know more, remember more and do more.
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Purpose of Study
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.
Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
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.
The National Curriculum - History key stages 1 to 2
know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
At our school, we believe in using the power of inspiration to help shape the thinking and curriculum design of our students. That's why we have taken inspiration from successful and influential people who have made a significant impact in their respective fields. By studying their stories, we aim to inspire our pupils to aim high and achieve their own goals. We have carefully curated a list of inspirational figures, including scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, and activists, to name a few. We have analysed what made them successful and incorporated their values, principles, and strategies into our curriculum design to provide our students with the tools they need to succeed. By doing so, we hope to empower our students to dream big and achieve greatness.
We are setting out to help our pupils be ...
We will do this by ensuring ...
We will have made a difference when ...
These are our big takeaways called ‘threshold concepts’ - an overview of what we want pupils to know. They are the same for every year group and help us to ensure we build learning on the same ideas, that way we help children to be able to remember more meaningful connections rather than remembering isolated facts.
Everyday life changes across time and can be influenced by invasion, conflict and past civilisations.
Progression on a Page ...
Here is an overview of what we expect children to be taught, know and do by the end of each year group.
Children are taught about the people and society around them. They learn to talk about the different roles people have in their community and understand the importance of each role.
Through exploring history and the past, children develop an understanding of the differences between things in the past and now. They learn to identify some key differences in society, such as changes in technology, clothing, and customs.
Children are taught about the past through settings and events encountered in books read in class and through storytelling. They develop an appreciation for different cultures and traditions, and learn to understand how people in the past lived and worked.
Through this learning, children develop their language and communication skills, as well as their understanding of history and society. They learn to think critically about the world around them and develop an appreciation for the past and its impact on the present.
Units of Learning...
Year 1 - Autumn
This teaches children about everyday life and families today, including comparisons with childhood in the 1950s, using artefacts and a range of different sources.
Year 1 - Spring
Significant Event - Great Fire of London
Describe a significant historical event in British history. The children will learn about the Great Fire of London.
Year 1 - Summer
This project teaches children about their own school and locality, both today and in the past. They compare schooling in the Victorian era to their experiences today.
Year 2 - Autumn
Movers & Shakers
This project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance.
Year 2 - Spring
This project teaches children about the physical and human features of coastal regions across the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the coastal town of Whitby, in Yorkshire.
Year 2 - Summer
This project teaches children about the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, they build up an understanding of the monarchs and then research six of the most significant sovereigns.
Year 3 - Autumn
Through The Ages
This project teaches children about British prehistory from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, including changes to people and lifestyle caused by ingenuity, invention and technological advancement.
Year 3 - Spring
This project teaches children about a significant event in history, what caused it and the consequences - both long and short term. Children will learn about Pompeii, an ancient Roman city that perished when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The archaeological site of Pompeii is historically significant because it provides a large amount of information about Roman life.
Year 3 - Summer
Emperors & Empires
This project teaches children about the history and structure of ancient Rome and the Roman Empire, including a detailed exploration of the Romanisation of Britain.
Year 4 - Autumn
This project teaches children about life in Britain after the Roman withdrawal. Children will learn about Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions up to the Norman conquest.
Year 4 - Summer
This project teaches children about the history of three of the world’s first ancient civilisations: ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. Children will learn about the rise, life, achievements and eventual end of each civilisation.
Year 5 - Autumn
This project teaches children about the history of ancient China, focusing primarily on the Shang Dynasty, and explores the lasting legacy of the first five Chinese dynasties, some of which can still be seen in the world today.
Year 5 - Spring
Dig for Victory
The children will learn about how food was rationed during WW2 so communities were encouraged to use their gardens, allotments and common spaces to grow and harvest vegetables.
Year 5 - Summer
This project teaches children about developments and changes over six periods of ancient Greek history, focusing on the city state of Athens in the Classical age, and exploring the lasting legacy of ancient Greece.
Year 6 - Autumn
Britain at War
This project teaches children about the causes, events and consequences of the First and Second World Wars, the influence of new inventions on warfare, how life in Great Britain was affected and the legacy of the wars in the post-war period.
Year 6 - Spring
This project teaches children about a local history study that had a great impact on Southampton and maritime safety of the future. They learn about life aboard the Titanic, the mistakes that led to its sinking, write from the point of view of a passenger and consider the impact the event had on maritime safety.
Year 6 - Summer
This project teaches children about Africa past and present and the development of the slave trade. It also explores Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, the causes and consequences of the European colonisation of Africa and the worldwide communities that make up the African diaspora.