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West Hill Primary School

We celebrate the past; we care about the future

History

Purpose of Study

 

At West Hill we aim to provide the pupils with a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s path and that of the local areas and the wider world. Pupils will learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weight evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. History will provide the opportunities for your child to begin to understand the complexities of life, the process of change, diversity of society as well as their own identity.

 

Key Stage One Skills

 

At West Hill pupils will develop an awareness of the past and gain an understanding of chronology. They will be encouraged to ask and answer a range of questions and use appropriate historical vocabulary. In addition they should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify ways in which it is represented. To ensure that all children cover a range of topics in each of the areas a two year cycle has been designed to take into account our mixed age classes.

 

The four key areas are:

  • Changes within living memory where children will look how toys for example have changed overtime and how their toys differ from those of their parents and grandparents. Events beyond living memory where children will investigate a specific event such as the Great Fire of London and the impact this had on the lives of the people of the time.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, for example Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. This area allows the children to begin to understand how individuals can impact on the whole society and how these achievements have influenced their own lives
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their locality. This area allows the pupils to look at history closer to home so we may visit places such as Leeds Castle to explore this at first hand.

 

Key Stage Two Skills

 

Key Stage Two pupils will continue to secure knowledge and understanding of British and world history. They will note trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. Pupils will address questions about time, cause, similarities, difference and significance. Primary and secondary resources will be used to support them.

 

At West Hill the nine main areas of learning have been organised into a two year cycle to accommodate our mixed age classes.

 

These areas ensure that the children gain an understanding of:

  • How Britain has changed since the Stone Age through the Iron Age
  • Looks at the impact of the Roman Empire and its influence on Britain today.
  • Settlement by the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and how these impacted on culture and art for example.
  • Develop chronological knowledge by investigating a theme such as Crime and punishment since 1066
  • Consider the achievements of the earliest civilisations such as the Ancient Egyptians or the importance of the Ancient Greeks and their influence on the wider world.
  • Consider a specific aspect of local history such as Roman settlements
  • Explore a non-European society that contrasts with British history and at West Hill we will look at the history of Benin.

 

Cross curricular links

 

At West Hill we believe that history links with many other areas of the curriculum as well as developing SMSC education. In English the links are clear with class discussions developing the children’s spoken language. The use of other sources of information and through story telling develops reading and writing skills. Undertaking research in history on the internet provides a different source of information and allows pupils to explore a range of presentation styles. By looking at a famous artist in art linked to the history topic being studied providing the children with alternative methods and mediums to explore. Whilst considering the work of famous composers in music also gives further insight into chronology and different societies.

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