Statement of Intent History
At Christ the King R.C Primary, we aim to deliver a high quality history education which will give pupils a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want to promote the key skills of active enquiry and interpretation. Children will be encouraged to form and ask their own lines of enquiry in historical events and processes. Through their study of History in school, children should be curious about the past, understand the complexity of people’s lives and the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups as well as be aware of the challenges of their time.
OUR HISTORY CURRICULUM
Autumn 1 The Gunpowder Plot
This half term, with Mrs. Allen, Year 1 studied 'The Gunpowder Plot'. During the unit the children recognised the distinction between past and present. They identified some similarities and differences between ways of life at different times. They used common words and phrases relating to the passing of time such as before, after, yesterday, past, last year, a long time ago.
Autumn 1 - The Great Fire of London
During the Autumn term, Year 2 learned about the Great Fire of London. Here is a list of some of the things that we covered:
- Know what city the fire started in.
- Know what started the fire.
- Understand why the fire spread so quickly.
- Understand what an eyewitness account is and why they are useful.
- Explain why the fire was difficult to put out.
- Understand the changes to London that happened after the fire.
We also looked at some very special artefacts from the great fire!
At the end of our topic, we learnt about what happened to London after the Great fire. We then wrote some questions that we would like to ask King Charles after the Great fire.
These are some of our questions that we had:
Why did you not pull the houses down sooner?
What are you going to do now?
Where are we all going to live?
When are you going to rebuild London?
The people of London were obviously very angry as at least 65,000 people were homeless and had lost all of their belongings and many people were having to live outside of London in tents.
Below are two videos from when we acted out the parts of King Charles and the angry people of London!
Autumn 1: The Spanish Armada.
Within this unit, the children first explored the context of the famous sea battle. We then looked at the significant political and religious events of the period and the reigning monarchs- King Philip II and Queen Elizabeth I. We also looked at the voyages of Sir Francis Drake and the chronology of the battle. The children created a timeline, investigated a range of sources, wrote diary entries from the perspectives of the key people of the battle and discussed the lasting impact of Drake's victory.
Autumn 2: World War 2
As part of this topic we explored and investigated a number of artefacts from this period of history and created a timeline on the build up of events to the war.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Lancashire War Museum on Monday, where they took part in various activities. They acted as air reconnaissance staff by studying a selection of aerial photographs of the Danish coast, to work out the possibility of the sighting of the Bismarck ship. Also, they were interviewed to see if they would have made good spies during the war. Finally, they were given a lesson in the use of Morse Code and top secret information for Operation Overload - the Battle of Normandy.
Here are a selection of photographs.