History is taught in order to stimulate the pupils’ interest and understanding about significant events and the lives of significant people in the past and how these important factors have influenced our lives today.
We aim to foster in pupils an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer through knowing about significant events in British and world history appreciating how things have changed over time.
Children are taught to begin to develop a sense of chronology and to understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage.
Children will have the opportunity to develop their skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation through a variety of hands-on practical activities. Children experience real history through visitors to school, drama, visits to historical sites such as Norwich Castle and Holkham Hall. Such activities provide a stimulus for exciting and relatable cross curricular opportunities, including speaking and listening and writing. We also use artefacts, visual resources and Information Technology to inspire children to find out about the past.
History is planned and delivered in Key Stage 1 in line with the National Curriculum and is integrated within topic teaching.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn about history through child centred activities as part of their Understanding the World area of development.
History is taught cross curricular in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Learning Goal is called Understanding the World , People and communities. In Nursery and Reception children are encouraged to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. The children will learn through experiences that introduce the concept of time and change.
Your child’s teacher may ask ‘What happened next?’ after reading a story or looking at other sequences of events, such as getting dressed, planting a seed or making a sandwich. Children may be asked to think about themselves and how they have changed over time.
How you can help your child:
- Encourage your child’s awareness of features in the area you live. Point out how some buildings look older than others.
- Take your child to museums, galleries and history-themed events.
- Discuss events that occur regularly within your child’s experience, for example seasonal patterns, daily routines and celebrations.
- Help your child to develop a sense of change over time and help them to differentiate between past and present by growing plants or looking at photographs of their life. Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in those of other members of the family or friends.
- Encourage investigative behaviour and raise questions such as, ‘What do you think?’, ‘Tell me more about?’, ‘What will happen if..?’, ‘What else could we try?’, ‘What could it be used for?’ and ‘How might it work?’
- Use language relating to time in conversations, for example, ‘yesterday’, ‘old’, ‘past’, ‘now’ and ‘then’.
- Read stories that introduce a sense of time and people from the past.
In Year 1 we learn about a variety of interesting and inspiring topics. The topics which have a strong Historical focus are ‘Space’ and ‘Time Travellers’.
During the ‘Space’ topic we look at significant events and individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements, eg: the first man in space (Yuri Gagarin) and the first man on the moon (Neil Armstrong).
During the topic ‘Time Travellers’ we will learn facts and information about Queen Victoria, and we’ll visit Holkham Hall and learn about a typical Victorian day. On our visit we look back at the history of the building and families that lived there. When we learn about the Victorians, we research the industrial revolution and learn about a famous local person of national importance called Edith Cavell. In our cooking lessons we bake a traditional Victorian Sponge Cake.
In Year 2 we learn about a variety of exciting and thought provoking topics. The topics which have a strong Historical focus are ‘Medieval Norwich’ and ‘Land and Sea’.
Through the topic ‘Medieval Norwich’, we use a variety of sources to gather information including books, posters and the internet.
Our work focuses on how people lived and we identify differences between the past and present. We visit Norwich Castle as part of our history studies to allow the children to experience a castle first hand.
Our topic of ‘Air, Land and Sea’ includes work across lots of curriculum areas. In History we learn about Lord Admiral Nelson as he is a local figure in history. We also learn about the life of Monet and look at his famous artwork.
We’re looking forward to showing you pictures of our exciting Historical learning throughout the year so please check back regularly.
Summer Term 2017
The children have been encouraged to talk about any significant past events in their or other people’s lives. Their interactions with other children and adults have been observed and noted on Tapestry (the online and interactive Learning Story used in Early Years). Some of the observations are shown below:
‘Today we went to the Sealife Centre. We had lots of fun and saw lots of different sea creatures. We touched star fish, sat in a submarine to see the rays and collected stamps to get our badges at the end. The best bit was walking through a big see through tunnel under the water at went through a big tank of sharks. We chose big shark toys in the shop and had ice creams after. It was very tiring so I had a sleep on the way home cuddling my new hammerhead shark.’ (Sam Wellbelove told his friends in Nursery)
Rowan filled a jug with sand and said it was a castle. He drew around it and said that it was to stop people getting to the castle. I wondered if he knew the name of that part of the castle. Rowan was unsure; I explained that it was called a moat. We looked on the computer at images of different castles with moats and bridges. Rowan then used some blocks to create a bridge over his moat. Rowan told me that he had been to a castle that had a moat. (Rowan Tuck interacting with a member of staff in Nursery)
During the topic of ‘Step back in time’ the children have experienced washing clothes as they would have done in the Victorian times and visited Holkham Hall. They started the topic by doing a mind map of all the things they already know about stepping back in time.
Washing the Victorian way
The children experienced what it would have been like to wash their clothes in Victorian times. They took turns to have a go at each stage and hung the clothes on the line to dry. This was an excellent way to show the children how things have changed over the years and how lucky we are nowadays to have machines to help us.
As part of the topic ‘Step back in time’ Year 1 have been on a trip to Holkham Hall. They looked around the great hall and held some Victorian artefacts. They learnt about a typical Victorian day and dressed up in some very old clothes. All the children had a fantastic time and their learning was brought to life with such an interesting first-hand experience.
During the topic of ‘Art around the world’ the children have learnt about the lives of Andy Warhol, Wassily Kandinsky and Claude Monet. They also found out about Aboriginal art and Egyptian Hieroglyphics.
Spring Term 2017
During the Spring Term the children have been encouraged to reflect on Christmas and any other significant past events in their own lives or the lives of others. Their interactions with other children and adults have been observed and noted on Tapestry, and some of these observations are shown below:
‘James was playing outside with the guttering and water. I said it looked a bit like a waterfall. James told me that he had seen a waterfall on his holiday in Cyprus. We used the internet to look at the map of Cyprus and took a closer look at photos of waterfalls in Cyprus. I asked James if he knew how waterfalls were made. James wasn’t sure, so we looked this up too.’
‘When looking through a book about space Sophia and I were trying to look for the word astronaut on a page. She pointed out the word Armstrong. I told Sophia that although it didn’t say astronaut it was the name of an astronaut and asked if she would like to find out more about him. We looked on the computer and found out that Neil Armstrong was American and was the first man on the moon. We saw a picture of him placing an American flag on the moon and watched a video clip of him walking on the moon.’
Key Stage 1
During the topic of ‘Space’ the children have learnt about the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova. They have also learnt about Albert, the first monkey who went into space and Laika, the first dog who went into space.
During the lessons the children found out about significant dates in the history of Space travel and they ordered these dates chronologically on a class timeline which formed part of the topic display in each classroom.
As part of the Home Learning the children were encouraged to find out more information and this was displayed in their classrooms.
Some of the children worked independently to draw someone who went into space and write a sentence about what happened. Here are some examples:
During the topic of ‘Air, Land and Sea’ the children have learnt about Lord Admiral Nelson. They found out about important dates in his life and then created their own timeline. Some of the children were able to expand on the information and wrote more facts for each date. Here are some examples:
Year 2 Castle Museum Trip
Year 2 have been on a trip to the Castle Museum in Norwich. They learnt about the history of the castle, the objects which were found in the castle, the daily life of the people and about the clothes the knights wore in battle.
Visiting real places that are historical really helps bring the learning to life for the children. They found out lots of things from their visit.
Year 2 Medieval Day
We have been learning about life in medieval times. We had the opportunity to practise lots of different skills which were used in a castle. Staff from Goldcrest came into our school to work with all the Year 2 children and to teach them how to be an archer. We practised lots of archery skills. We learnt how to stand strong, how to hold the bow and how to shoot an arrow. We found it extremely interesting and exciting.
We also had the chance to be a jester. We entertained each other by balancing on stilts, and playing lots of games. We then became knights and took part in a jousting tournament.
In the afternoon our school hall was turned into a banquet hall. A lord and lady from each class sat on the top table and we ate bread, cheese and grapes together. Each class performed a medieval class dance for the other guests.