History and Geography is taught in alternate half termly blocks for one afternoon a week. We have lots of exciting topics that are in line with the new National Curriculum, based around the Focus Education resources. Each topic revolves around a key question, starting with a ‘wow starter’ that engages the children. For example, ‘Why is the Wii more fun than Grandma and Grandad’s toys?’ and ‘Will you ever see the water you drink again?’. We strive to make the lessons as exciting and interactive for the children by incorporating a variety of school trips and outdoor learning with opportunities to use a range of skills.
In History in Key Stage 1 pupils should be taught about:
• Changes within living memory.
• Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
• The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
• Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
In History in Key Stage 2 pupils should be taught 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 – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300.