We believe that History is a very important part of the curriculum at our school and we use a history focus to plan some of our topics across the year. We see History not only as the study of events of people in the past but also as developing skills needed for gathering evidence and making inquiry. History, therefore, contributes to the development of the overall ethos of the school and the community of the school can be enriched by some of the values taught through History, such as:
- Appreciation of our common heritage and of the diversity of human experience.
- Acceptance of different viewpoints.
- Understanding the need for evidence when arguing a case.
At Barnwood we aim to:
- Help children develop a sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the World.
- Help children towards an understanding of the present in context of the past.
- Stimulate children’s interest in the past through challenge and discovery and to make them aware that History can be both exciting and enjoyable.
- Show that History can contribute to, as well as benefit from, other areas of the curriculum.
- Develop a sense of time and an understanding of chronology.
- Be aware of life in the past in other cultures.
- Recognise that there are some things we can never know about the past and that History has to be constructed from the bits of the past that have survived.
- Develop a respect for historic artefacts and landscapes.
In Key Stage One we teach:
- Changes within living memory, where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.
- Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
- The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]
- Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
In Key Stage Two we teach:
- 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 – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
- Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
- A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history –Mayan civilization c. AD 900
Cross Curricular Links
History should play a part in developing key skills such as reading and writing, speaking and listening, numeracy and I.C.T. We believe that the link between History and English is particularly important and we see History as a key vehicle for the development and application of communication skills.
Further information on history skills and topics can be found on the termly planning overviews for each class.