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.
While black history is celebrated all year round, Black History month is marked annually in October. It recognises and values the inspirational individuals and events that have shaped successive generations. During Black History Month, we remember and celebrate the important people from the past and also those who contribute to and help our society today. This year we ended the month with African Drumming which the children absolutely loved.
Examples of children's work
OUR HISTORY CURRICULUM
HISTORY in RECEPTION
HISTORY in YEAR 1
Year 1 explored different artefacts about the Great Fire of London and the children created their own questions and lines of enquiry.
HISTORY in YEAR 2
Autumn One - The Great Fire of London
This term in History, we studied the Great fire of London. We were able to say what city the fire started in, what started it, why it spread so quickly and why the fire was so difficult to put out. We were also able to describe what an eye witness account is and why they are so useful in History. After we had studied the great fire, we were able to discuss changes to London that happened after the fire.
HISTORY in YEAR 3
During Autumn term, we explored The Anglo-Saxons and the Scots. We explored this topic through enquiry based learning. We explored artefacts, studied chronology through performing a VAK timeline and created a double page spread answering our key question: Why did the Anglo-Saxons come to Britain?
History in year 3
The Stone Age
During this term year 3 have studied the Stone Age. We have focused on historical enquiry through answering the key question: How did technology develop throughout the Stone Age? Through focusing on this question the children have discovered just how this ancient civilisation developed through its three phases.
HISTORY in YEAR 4
During the Autumn term, Year 4 learned about the Vikings. Our enquiry focus was, 'What were the Vikings really like?' We started by exploring artefacts to create curiosity and created lots of questions. This led us into a more detailed focus on who the Vikings really were and evaluated different sources. The children then presented the findings.
During the Summer term, Year 4 learned about Ancient Greece. Our enquiry focus was, 'What was daily life like for Ancient Greeks?' We started by exploring images to create curiosity and asked lots of questions. We studied various sources in order to deepen our understanding of life in Ancient Greece. The children made comparisons between Spartan and Athenian life. They took on the role of a 7 year old Spartan and wrote in role, displaying an understanding of life for a Spartan child.
HISTORY in YEAR 5
Autumn 1: Spanish Armada
We first created a timeline to place the event within the history of our country
As a way into the period, we explored a famous portrait of Elizabeth I.
Examples of work
HISTORY in YEAR 6
In Year 6, we are studying the impact of World War 2 on the lives of children. We began this topic by looking at a selection of artefacts.
Year 6 have continued their World War Two topic by studying the Battle of Britain. The children created their own time line and made a model Spitfire plane.
For our final term, we are studying Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century. We began by looking at a range of authentic artefacts from this period and discussing the 5 Ws for each one - what, where, why, when and who would have used them. Can you recognise any of them?
We have created our own chronological timelines using images of technology throughout the decades of the 20th Century and organsied facts about the progress of televisions from the past, the present and the future.