Our history curriculum promotes an enquiry based approach and is enriched through a wide range of educational visits and visitors, including our History off the Page Florence Nightingale role play day in KS1 and Vikings experience in KS2, along with trips such as the Celtic Harmony Day (Year 3) and the Duxford war Museum (Year 6). Local visits such as St Albans’ Abbey and Roman Verulamium underpin the children’s learning and help to embed a genuine interest in local history.
We aim to enthuse and engage our children, capture their imaginations and support them in developing a critical, enquiry-based approach to history, reflecting upon historical events from a range of perspectives. The pupils even take on the role of archaeologists in their Year 5 unit on Ancient Egyptians, firing up their imaginations through opening the project with their very own ‘archaeological dig.’ The emphasis on the development of key historical skills is central to all units of study, and the five areas of skills development remain at the heart of the children’s learning.
* HISTORICAL ENQUIRY
* HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION
* KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF EVENTS, PEOPLE AND CHANGES IN THE PAST
* CHRONOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING
* ORGANISATION AND COMMUNICATION OF HISTORICAL LEARNING
Mr Jones takes the role of our History Co-ordinator. History and Geography units are taught as blocked units over the course of a term. Therefore, classes will cover at least one historical or geographical unit per term. Our cross-curricular approach ensures that historical learning is supported through literacy, art, music, and other curricular areas. Classes often present the children’s historical learning through special events, such as class assemblies.