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All Saints' CE VA Junior And Infant School

Let it Shine

All Saints' CE VA Junior And Infant School

History

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

          — Marcus Garvey

 

The aim of History teaching at All Saints’ is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the brilliant stories of the lives of people who lived in the past.

In role, as ‘historians’, our children are taught a sense of chronology. Through this, they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. They learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today.

History at All Saints’ also makes a significant contribution to spiritual, moral and cultural education by teaching children about how Britain developed as a democratic society. We further teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we teach them to investigate these past events and thus develop skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving. By inspiring pupils’ curiosity children are then equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically and develop well-formed judgements.

 

Our aims:

  • To foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that History has to offer.
  • To enable students to know about significant events in British History and to appreciate how things have changed over time.
  • To develop a sense of chronology.
  • To know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child’s citizenship education.
  • To understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and study aspects of European history.
  • To have knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world.
  • To help children understand society and their place within it, so they can develop a sense of their cultural heritage.
  • To develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and

 

What will my child study?

Pupil voice is important to us at All Saints’ and has been utilised through the school council to help us choose themes and topics which are linked to our children’s interests.

Year 1

  • Autumn Term Topic: Toys
  • Spring Term Topic: Dragons and St. George
  • Summer Term Topic: Castles, Kings and Queens

 

Year 2

  • Autumn Term Topic: Fire! Fire!
  • Spring Term Topic: Healing Hands and Nurturing Nurses
  • Summer Term Topic: Toffee Town/Mackintosh

 

Year 3

  • Autumn Term Topic: Iron and Stone Age
  • Spring Term Topic: Revolting Romans
  • Summer Term Topic: Riotous Royalty

Year 4

  • Autumn Term Topic: Invaders: Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • Spring Term Topic: Invaders: Ancient Egypt
  • Summer Term Topic: Tudor Times

Year 5

  • Autumn Term Topic: Crime and Punishment
  • Spring Term Topic: The Mayans
  • Summer Term Topic: The Railways

Year 6

  • Autumn Term Topic: Blitzed! World War 2
  • Spring Term Topic: Ancient Greece
  • Summer Term Topic: The Vikings

 

Overall Strengths

  • Pupils have a genuine love for History and are excited to participate in lessons and activities.
  • A number of HLTA’s have a passion for History and have previously taught the subject across the school.
  • History half terms showcase a variety of informative History displays throughout the school.
  • Families are encouraged to join in and are invited to ‘Stay and Play’ sessions.
  • There are many school trips and special visitors with a historical focus which help to bring the curriculum to life.
  • There is an extra-curricular History club.

 

Planning, Work Scrutiny and Assessment

History work and displays are looked at and suggestions made for improvement across the school. Informal drop-ins take place with the chance for the History lead to see and discuss strengths and developments within each year group.

Children document their work in their Creativity books. Assessed work and gradings are recorded on Target Tracker.

 

Key Targets

To continue to raise the number of pupils working at the expected and greater depth standard.

To further ascertain Key Stage 1 knowledge of chronology and the placing of events on a timeline.

To work with SEN lead to ensure these children have the opportunity to reach the significantly above standard.