History in Focus – January 2020
We strive to inspire curiosity in our children when they are learning about where they have come from and how past events and significant people from the past have helped to shape their future. School trips and historical visitors bring our History units to life and encourage the children to explore and develop an understanding of each History unit. History provides opportunities for children to refine and develop the core skills of English and Maths whilst allowing links to all other areas of the curriculum.
Our intention through Learning Experiences is:
To provide high-quality History units, which help children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
To enable pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.
For children 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.
This term the children have already been learning lots of new facts about the past in a variety of ways. (Pease note that not all year groups are covering History units this term).
Year 1 Terrific Toys (looking at what toys children played with in the past and comparing to children’s toys today).
Year 4 Ancient China (The children are looking at a leader from the past, Quin Shi Huangand, and the impact he had on history).
Year 5 Ancient Greeks (What happened in Ancient Greece and its effect on History).
Year 6 Ancient Egyptians (What impact the Egyptians have had on History).
At the Bay C of E School (Primary site), the children study History through exciting Learning Experiences. Each year group is working towards the National Curriculum programmes of study and subject content, so as to ensure all of the objectives are met. Our History lessons are planned so that children build on their skills and knowledge as they progress through the school.
History: At the Bay CE School we aim to provide a high-quality history education which will help pupils gain a clear knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
We endeavour to inspire pupils’ curiosity to want to know more about the past.
The teaching delivered equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. It also 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.
Some useful websites to support your child’s learning:
An example of a learning experience:
Last half term, Year 4 studied the Vikings. The Learning Experience was called Victorious Vikings.
The children can now identify characteristic features and have developed an understanding of the chronology of events, people, periods and civilizations studied. They have developed an understanding of how change happened and how that affected people differently, and how it has an impact on future events. During lessons, they have used evidence to make informal decisions about the Vikings and can now talk about characteristic features of those studies.
At the end of the Learning Experience, the children were asked what they had learnt. Below are some Responses: