History is taught through the Learning Challenge Curriculum. Through this approach, the teaching and learning of History is built around a questioning and enquiry approach; helping to hook children into learning. Planning addresses the need to develop , knowledge and understanding throughout the school.

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At Usworth Colliery Primary School we view History not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. By teaching History through The Learning Challenge Curriculum, we give pupils opportunities to explore a wide range of sources, both primary and secondary, from which the past may come alive.

History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. Wherever possible, we encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and visiting relevant sites of historical interest in the region, as well as bringing in specialists for in-school workshops.

 Staff ensure that, over the course of the school year, all of the relevant skills and knowledge are taught for any given year group.  For instance:

Year 1

• Changes within living memory: When parents/grandparents were young – technology, music, etc

• Significant people from history

• Local history

Year 2

• Changes and events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

• Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

• Significant people from Britain or abroad

Year 3

  • Stone Age to the Iron Age, including: Hunter gatherers, Early farming, Bronze Age, and Iron Age
  • Ancient Greece – A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • Local History – A study of Local History taking account of a period of history that shaped the locality.

Year 4

  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain – Julius Caesar, Hadrian’s Wall, Boudica, and Romanisation of Britain
  • A Study of an aspect or theme in British history, beyond 1066 – Crime and punishment (e.g. first lawmakers) or Leisure and entertainment in the 20th century (e.g. what they did after school 100 years ago).
  • A Study of an aspect or theme in British history, beyond 1066 – Norman culture and Establishment of feudal system.

Year 5

  • Anglo Saxons – Settlements and kingdoms, Art and Culture and Christianity conversion
  • Early Civilizations – Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Sumer, Indus Valley or Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
  • A Study of an aspect or theme in British history, beyond 1066 -The execution of Charles 1

Year 6

  • The Vikings and Anglo-Saxon struggles, including: Viking raids and invasion, Alfred the Great, Viking invasions and Danegeld, Anglo-Saxons law and justice and Edward the Confessor
  • A non-European society – Early Islamic civilization, Mayan Civilization or Benin

History in the Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, History forms part of the learning pupils acquire in the area of ‘Understanding the World’. Through active learning, and playing and exploring, pupils are encouraged to understand the world around them.

Children are given lots of opportunities to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. Through discussion and role play, pupils are regularly encouraged to ask questions and use the language of time to find out about events in each other’s lives.

A range of resources such as photographs, books and historical artefacts are provided to develop their knowledge and understanding further. Stories and non-fiction texts are also used to introduce a sense of time, people and events from the past. Whenever possible, visits and visitors are planned to encourage pupils interest and understanding of life in the past and how it is different now.

Exploring Historic Newspapers

The school have recently linked up with http://www.historic-newspapers.co.uk/ who provide historic newspapers from the world’s largest archive. They have kindly agreed to send us some free examples to help inspire our children when studying different periods.

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