Wolston St Margarets Church of England Primary School

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HISTORY

As part of their Humanities Studies, children are encouraged to develop an interest in the past, to appreciate past achievements and major events  – both national and worldwide – and to develop an understanding of their own and their family’s history and how values and attitudes may have changed. Pupils are taught the skills necessary for the interpretation of primary and secondary source material, artefacts, maps and visual and auditory aids, books, the countryside, ancient sites, newspapers, records and documents. Within the framework of a cross curricular approach, we aim to develop an understanding of the nature of cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarity and difference.

The teaching of history also contributes significantly to the teaching of English in our school by actively promoting the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Additionally we use History also supports mathematics as children learn to use numbers when developing a sense of chronology. Children also learn to interpret historical information presented in charts and graphs. In our school history teaching makes an important impact to citizen and PSHE education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society. They learn how society is made up of different people from different cultures.

In Key Stage 1 the children learn about:
• changes within living memory
• events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London]
• 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, Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]
• significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

In Key Stage 2 children learn about:
• 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 one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; 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.