History

The subject lead for History is Miss Foster

History Intent

History is held in high regard at St George's, with the history curriculum making full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality. One of the key curriculum drivers for History at St George's is vocabulary. Our intent is to widen pupils' vocabulary through the promotion of a language rich History curriculum. This is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in history. Units of work are informed by the National Curriculum but are driven by the children's interests, as well as the context of the local area. This gives our students the vital background knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community. The history curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning providing children with the breadth of learning they need to make accurate judgements of the world around them. The overall intent of our History curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more, encouraging them to work as historians where they critically analyse the information given to them. As a result of this they will:

 

 

Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes

Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past

Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation and argument

Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn

Develop a sense of identify through learning about the past

Widen their vocabulary and be able to use new vocabulary confidently

 

 

 

 

 

History Implementation

History is taught in blocks throughout the year following a learning challenge approach. Each unit is linked clearly to skills and vocabulary to ensure progression across topics throughout year and across the school. Each topic begins with a question and every lesson a learning challenge feeds into the bigger question. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives through the themes of achievements, housing, society, food, entertainment and beliefs. Alongside this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Maya where again the same core themes are explored. 

Where possible cross curricular outcomes are planned for with strong links between the history curriculum and English lessons enabling further contextual learning. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes along with educational visits further afield. Planning is informed by and aligned with the National Curriculum. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of key identified knowledge. The promotion and use of an accurate and rich historical vocabulary throughout school is planned in history. 

History Topics at St George's

Owl

Would the Beatles have the X factor?

Is the PS4 more fun than Grandma and Grandad’s old toys?

 

Puffin

Who were the Mossley soldiers?

Why was London burning?

Why were Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong very brave people?

Swift

How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?

Who first lived in Britain?

What would you have done after school 100 years ago?

Wren

Why were the Romans so powerful and what did we learn from them?

Why do we have canals in Saddleworth?

 

Osprey

What impact did WW2 have on different people?

Is Ancient Greece really a myth?

Were the Anglo-Saxons really smashing?

Kestrel

Who were the Mayans and what have we learnt from them?

Were the Vikings always vicious and victorious?

 

During Key Stage 1

Pupils will develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different peoples. They will use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They will ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They will understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

During the key stage, pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through the following areas of study:

  • Changes within living memory.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Significant history evets, people and places in their own locality.

During Key Stage 2

Pupils will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They will note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They will construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They will understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources

During the key stage, pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through:

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • A local history study
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations
  • Ancient Greece
  • A non-European society that provides contracts with British history.

Click here to see the overview and progression of skills of the History Curriculum

Click here to see the topic overview for humanities for 2019-20

Click here for the History school policy

Click here to read the History Programmes of Study: Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum in England