Across the school and across the year, each class focuses on a different character of historical significance. These have previously included: Guy Fawkes, Darwin, Henry VIII, Boudicca, Tutankhamun and Christopher Columbus. The children learn about these characters in greater depth, thinking critically about the contribution they have made to history and whether their actions still have an impact on life today.
KS1 children develop their awareness of the past. They learn about different historical figures and events and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They are encouraged to ask and answer questions, to show that they know and understand key features of events.
As part of Reception children’s history work, they learn about the history of food. They focus particularly on the history of beans and learn about Mr Heinz. They have the opportunity to do some food tasting and previously went on a trip to Pizza Express to learn how to make pizzas.
Children in Year 1 learn about castles. They identify the different parts of the castle and learn about their functions. They learn how castles were defended with moats and drawbridges. Last year, Year 1 children visited Warwick Castle where they experienced a taste of medieval life in England.
Year 2 children research Amelia Earhart. They learn out about the woman who was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic and the mystery of her disappearance. They make their own replica aeroplanes.
In Ks2 the children develop a chronologically secure understanding of British, local and world history. They are encouraged to identify connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop their vocabulary. They need to question the significance of the events they are investigating and use a range of sources to form their own conclusions.
Year 3 children spend time looking at the Stone Age. They discover the types of weapons they would have made and then used for hunting and cooking. They then make their own Stone Age weapons.
Children in year 4 spend time learning about the Ancient Egyptians. They find out about Tutankhamun – the famous ruler of Egypt, and create their own drawings of him.
Year 5 investigate Boudicca – Queen of the Iceni. They discuss whether she was an important figure in history and whether she would be considered a hero today. The children write their own rallying cries, imagining that they were the warrior queen and design wanted posters.
As part of their work on the Victorians, Year 6 children take part in a ‘Victorian’ day. They dress up in Victorian style clothing and take part in lessons that would have been typical of that time. They spend the morning reciting times tables and capital cities. This really helps the class to understand the differences between Victorian lessons and modern schooling.
Each class has the opportunity to show their work on our ‘Museum day’. The children set up their own exhibition to show the rest of the school and their families what they have been working towards. The children display a variety of models, artwork and writing and then enjoy exploring the museum with their class.
Find out more about the topics and expectations at each Key Stage in the National Curriculum document for History: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239035/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_History.pdf