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

Marcus Garvey

At Walesby C of E Primary, we aim to help our children think and work as young historians. We want our children to Learn without limits, making meaningful cross-curricular links and utilising opportunities outside the classroom to enrich experience. The teaching and love of history is enhanced through story and rich text.

 

The study of history involves engaging our children in investigating questions about people and events in the past in order to enable them to better understand their lives today and for a future as more informed and enlightened citizens. 

 

Through the study of history our children also develop a wide range of critical thinking skills, which enable them to understand the contested nature of knowledge and to distinguish between ‘fact’ and subjectivity when it comes to reaching conclusions and making judgements about the past.  With this in mind, our curriculum is organised into a 2-year cycle  for Year 1/2 , Year 3 /4 and Year  5 & 6 and a 1 year cycle for FS2.

 

At Walesby, we want to create reflective, engaged and excited learners. Our children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions. We aim to develop them to be independent and to have a mind- set where they are able to develop their own learning further and make the links with prior learning.

 

Through creating these opportunities, we aim to create independent learners, creating a cycle of success. Our children are encouraged to recognise that failure and mistakes are all part of the learning process, encouraging them to take risks and develop perseverance and resilience.

 

 

 

 

EYFS

In the EYFS, our children will be learning history through:

 

Understanding the World

Children will…

  • Begin to make sense of their own life-story and family history
  • Recognise similarities and differences between their own lives and those in the past through stories
  • Identify changes over a period of time
  • Recognise that there is an order/sequence to daily and weekly routines
  • Use the language of time when talking about past and present events
  • Use sources and first hand experiences and storytelling to construct accounts of past times and people (curiosity collections)
  • Recognise and describe how some familiar things and places were different in the past
  • Comment on images of familiar situations in the past.
  • Describe features of objects, people, places at different times and make comparisons
  • Compare and contrast characters from stories, including figures from the past.
  • Find out about key historical events and how and why we celebrate them today

 

At the end of the Foundation stage children will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals within the EYFS statutory framework:

 

ELG: Past and Present

Children will…

  • Talk about the lives of people around them and their roles in society.
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

 

EYFS

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

Who lives in a house like this?

 

 

Let’s Celebrate

Winter Wonderland – Where do the Inuits live?

 

How does your garden grow?

Up, up and Away!

 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

NATIONAL CURRICULUM COVERAGE

NATIONAL CURRICULUM COVERAGE

CYCLE A YEAR 1 &2

ENQUIRY

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON

How do we know so much about what happened in the Great Fire of London?

Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

TOYS

 How do our favourite toys and games compare with those of our parents and grandparents?

Changes within living memory

CASTLES 

Where were castles built and why?

Events beyond living  memory

CYCLE A YEAR 3 &  4

ENQUIRY

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

STONE AGE TO IRON AGE

How did the lives of ancient Britons change during the Stone Age?

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

THE ROMANS

How Did The Arrival Of The Romans Change Britain?

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

EARLIEST CIVILISATIONS

What do all the Ancient Civilisations have in common?

The achievements of the earliest civilisations – an overview of where and when the first civilisations appeared

CYCLE A YEAR 5 &  6

ENQUIRY

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Why was winning the battle of Britain in 1940 so important?

Significant event in British history

THE ANCIENT GREEKS

How can we find out about the civilisation of Ancient Greece?

Can we thank the Ancient Greeks for anything in our lives today?

Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

MEDICINE THROUGH TIME

How have the medical breakthroughs of the last two hundred and fifty years affected the lives of people in Britain?

A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL CURRICULUM COVERAGE

CYCLE B YEAR 1 &2

ENQUIRY

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE

How have people helped to make the world a better place?    

The lives of significant people who have contributed to national and international achievements

GREAT EXPLORERS

What does it take to become a great explorer?

The lives of significant people who have contributed to national and international achievements

BRAVE NURSES

Who helped us in the past?

The lives of significant people who have contributed to national and international achievements

CYCLE B YEAR 3 &  4

ENQUIRY

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

THE ANGLO-SAXONS

How 'dark' were the dark ages?

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS

The Ancient Egyptians & the Gift of the Nile. What were some of the most significant achievements it helped them achieve ?

A depth study of the achievements of one of the earliest civilizations- Ancient Egypt

 

THE VIKINGS

Raiders or Settlers, how should we remember the Vikings ?  

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

CYCLE B YEAR 5 &  6

ENQUIRY

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ISLAM

What was life like in Baghdad during the Golden Age of Islam?

A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – early Islamic Civilisation

UNDER OUR FEET

Why are there hills in Nottinghamshire?

Local history study

 

JOURNEYS TO BRITAIN

 

A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

 

2 YEAR CYCLE OVERVIEW

Creswell Crags

Pet and Dinosaur Day

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Boggle Hole Residential

Perlethorpe Residential

Kingswood Residential

Experience Days

Recycling Day at Mansfield Museum

Conisbrough Castle

Pirate Day

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