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“The one who concentrates his mind on the law of the most high, he researches into the Wisdom of all the ancients”

 

Sirach 39.1

History Intent Statement 

 

At St. Thomas of Canterbury, we are proud to have developed a History Curriculum that includes topics that we believe reflect our children’s heritage and interests, thus allowing us to deliver an engaging and encouraging curriculum. The History Curriculum will encourage all pupils to believe in themselves, develop a 'can do' attitude and contribute to a positive learning culture.

 

Through much discussion and debate, the teaching staff worked together to decide the topics and key concepts that shape our History Curriculum. We carefully considered striking the right balance between political, economic and social history.  We reached a shared consensus that the six key concepts underpinning our History Curriculum would be:

 

Conflict (specifically race/society, warfare and invasion)

Culture (specifically technology, dress and food)

Society (specifically the role of women, lives of children and ranking)

Rules and Laws

Religion

Migration (specifically settlement)

 

These concepts are revisited a number of times, so that the children’s understanding is deepened as they move through the school. Our aim is to ensure that pupils enter KS3 with a sophisticated understating of these concepts so that they have a well-informed historical perspective on their world.

Each lesson follows the same structure. Time is dedicated at the beginning of each lesson to revisit previous  learning and concepts, through various recall activities. Having carefully selected what we want our children to learn, we endeavour to ensure this knowledge is retained in the children’s long term memory. Our approach focuses on well-structured enquiry, helping pupils to think for themselves and demonstrate their historical understanding. All our History lessons are organised around a key question. Children learn using a variety of sources.

 

In each year group, pupils will learn History using artefacts, photos, stories and video clips. Opportunities to apply and further develop children’s reading skills has been deliberately planned into History lessons wherever possible. Historical thinking demands the ability to investigate, consider, reflect and review the events of the past. Children are taught to think critically about sources they are presented with, thus equipping them with the necessary skills to be open minded and respectful of evidence in later life.

 

In line with the National Curriculum 2014, KS1 topics have been carefully planned to ensure children develop an awareness of the past. Key themes such as similarity and difference and cause and consequence are introduced and unpicked. They will learn about significant individuals, including Florence Nightingale and Rosa Parks, who have contributed to national and international achievements. They will also study changes within living memory as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant such as The Great Fire of London.  A whole school approach has been adopted to ensure that as early as EYFS, the children start to develop a sense of chronology, so that as they move into KS1 and beyond, they can place their learning in a chronological framework.

 

The aim of the KS2 programme of study is for pupils to continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world History. Indeed, in upper KS2, they will study a range of time periods such as Ancient Greece, whilst in lower KS2 children will study The Great Plague. Local History is brought to life through studying the battle of Peterloo. Children will consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.

 

All staff have a sound understanding of the skills, concepts and knowledge in which the children need to succeed to make progress in History. End of year expectations for each year group have been carefully considered at the planning stage to ensure that the children improve with each passing year. We hope that after completing our History Curriculum, the children see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. We hope that what they have learnt, influences their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. Most importantly, we hope to have inspired in our children, a lasting interest and enjoyment of learning about the past.

 

The 6 key concepts our History curriculum is based around are:

 

1) Conflict (specifically race/society, warfare and invasion)

2) Culture (specifically technology, dress and food)

3) Society (specifically the role of women, lives of children and ranking)

4) Rules and Laws

5) Religion

6) Migration (specifically settlement)

Reading

In each unit, the children are taught and expected to use broad historical and topic specific vocabulary. In KS1 and EYFS the children are exposed to a variety of books linked to their topics. All KS2 classes have a novel linked to at least one of their History topics: Y3- Letters from the Stone Age Boy, Y4-The Time Traveling Cat, Y5- Street Child and Y6- Letters from the Light House.

 

Character Development

Studying history is important because it allows us to understand our past, which in turn allows us to understand our present.

  • Learning about history provides us with insights into geography, culture and society - the changing environment and animal life, too.
  • It opens our eyes to people, ways of life and cultures with which we might be less familiar. History improves cross-cultural awareness and understanding - making for a greater feeling of being part of a wonderful global community.
  • Historical skills improve our decision-making and judgment.
  • We can learn from the models of moral good and responsible citizenship.
  • Teaches us how to learn from the mistakes of others. ‘May history never repeat itself…’
  • Provides us with a context from which to understand ourselves and others.

Black History Month

During Black History month, each year group was given a civil rights figure to study. In the upper juniors, we wanted the children to see how the same issues that people campaigned so hard to change in the past still affect our society today. In doing this, we want the children to understand that history does not fit into neat boxes. This also helped the children to develop their understanding of one of the main themes of the History Curriculum -continuity and change. Although much progress has been made in the law as a result of the civil rights movement, racism is still a contemporary issue in society.

 

Each year group produced some artwork based on their given figure but also linked to the skills they have been practising in their art topics. We also explored how our figure links to our British values:

 

 

EYFS: Ruby Bridges:

History Concepts: Society- lives of children Conflict- race, Rules and Laws.

PSHE Links: British values (right and wrong), anti-bullying, equality, diversity, kindness and respect

Art Skills: Linked to creative curriculum

 

Y1: Mary Seacole:

History Concepts: Society- role of women, Conflict- race

PSHE Links: British values (right and wrong), anti-bullying, equality, diversity, kindness and respect

Art Skills: Printing

 

Y2: Rosa Parks

History Concepts: Conflict- race, Rules and Laws

PSHE links: British values (right and wrong), anti-bullying, equality, diversity, kindness and respect

Art Skills: Sketching

 

 

Y3:Martin Luther King

History Concepts: Conflict- race, Rules and Laws

PSHE links: British values (right and wrong), anti-bullying, equality, diversity, kindness and respect

Art Skills: Colour Mixing

 

Y4:The Bristol Bus Strike

History Concepts: Conflict- race, Rules and Laws

PSHE links: British values (right and wrong), anti-bullying, equality, diversity, kindness and respect

Art Skills: colour mixing and sketching

 

Y5: Racism in football (taking the knee).

History Concepts: Conflict- race, Rules and Laws, Culture

PSHE links: British values (right and wrong), anti-bullying, equality, diversity, kindness and respect

Art Skills: painting and sketching

 

Y6: Marcus Rashford

History Concepts: Conflict- race, Rules and Laws, Culture

PSHE links: British values (right and wrong), anti-bullying, equality, diversity, kindness and respect

Art Skills: sketching and digital media

 

Leticia's Black History Month project

Year 4S student, Leticia, created a special project for Black History month. Her project centered around the Bristol Bus Strike of 1963.
Check out this video to find out more...Well done Leticia!!

The Year 2 children have enjoyed handling a range of artefacts during our Great Fire of London topic.  We were fascinated to see what fire buckets, cups, pens and money used to look like in 1666! 

Y2 Great Fire of London Workshop

We had a special visitor in to school this term in Y2. The team at ‘make the classroom disappear’ came in to carry out a Great Fire of London workshop with the children.  We worked as history detectives, looking at extracts from newspapers from 166 and from Samuel Pepys diary to piece together clues to solve the history mystery. We explored and compared maps of London from the past and today. We role played the events of the day of the fire, operating a  cart fire engine and using gunpowder to blow up some of the houses! It was a fantastic day!

EYFS

 EFYS have developed their Knowledge and Understanding of the World through exploring the Hindu festival of Diwali. The children have started to develop their understanding of the concept of culture by finding out about the special traditions undertaken during this festival and how to get ready for Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. The children spent the afternoon spring cleaning the classroom, making rangoli patterns, preparing traditional Diwali sweets and decorating their own salt dough diyas. The children have also enjoyed learning about the annual celebration of Bonfire Night and loved creating their own fireworks!

You are part of History!

 * COMPETITION WINNERS*

 

A big congratulations to Kacper (2L), Pauline (3M), Soorena (3R) and Oliwia (6L) for winning the History time capsule competition. I was blown away by the effort you put into your projects!  Check out the winning work below!

 

Well done to all who entered. There really were some outstanding efforts! Scroll down to view all entries! 

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