History at St. Mary's
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
History at St. Mary's is designed to fire and excite children's curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and how this relates to what is happening in our world today. We take our children on a journey through time to give them broad chronological and coherent knowledge of history; where all time periods fit in and how they relate to each other. We then delve deep into key areas of history to get that depth of understanding and developing their skills as historians. It is vital we equip our children with both the knowledge and skills to become great historians.
During the spring term History is our focus, which is known as our 'discover' term. Each class explores a different period in time and teachers present their class with an enquiry question that they work through the term to unpick and answer. Key stage 1 conduct half termly projects whereas Key stage 2 are termly to give children the time to explore in depth and develop their historical skills. Their history skills are mapped out progressively and built upon year on year through chronology, enquiry, knowledge and historical interpretation.
|Enquiry Question||Curriculum Content|
Why did the dinosaurs go extinct?
The journey of the Dinosaurs
|Year 2||What can we learn from the past to make our future magical?||
Kings and Queens: Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II
|Year 3||What did the Romans do for us?||The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain|
|Year 4||How did it all begin?||Ancient civilisations|
|Year 5||Should we accept our place in society?||
A study in British history to extend pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
The changing power of monarchs
Changes in social history - crime and punishment
Significant turning points - inventions
|Year 6||Is war ever justified?||
WWI and WWII
A local history study
Cause and consequence
Significant turning points
Children at St. Mary's are excited about history! They have both the historical knowledge and the skills they can then apply in other areas. They will gain rich technical vocabulary that they understand and can use in context and they will understand the effects of history over time and how it has had an impact on their lives today. Teachers mainly use formative assessment tools with elements of summative assessment to ensure their judgement, of each child, in history is accurate.