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History

History

Intent

A creative, knowledge rich curriculum.

At South Avenue Primary School, our aim in History is to offer teaching and learning opportunities that are logical, broad and balanced. From this teaching and learning, we aspire to ignite children’s passion and excitement for learning that in turn develops a strong understanding of the world in which we live. The teaching of History, at South Avenue Primary School focuses on the development of four key skills: identifying, classifying, recognising and observing. These key skills are taught from Reception and are developed, as well as expanded on, throughout the children’s primary education. For example, by the end of Year 6 children will be able to hypothesise and critique historical sources from the past. 

At South Avenue our approach to teach History focuses on building strong foundations year-on-year. This gives children an understanding of historical timelines, thereby enabling them to make links between different periods in history i.e. how houses have developed. As a result, this develops children’s observation and debating skills as they progress from Reception to Year 6.

Throughout their school journey, we aspire for the children to apply their historical skills in order to empathise with the past. They will build an understanding of the way in which people lived their lives, and how the world has been shaped from key events and people from our past. Throughout their journey at South Avenue Primary School, children will experience and study a number of key periods from our past. These include; Travelling Ted - teaching an overview of the history of our country, The Great Fire of London, Stone Age, Life in Roman Britain, Mayans and WWII.

From early on, children are taught how to connect and make historical comparisons through artefacts, experience days and travel to local and national historical monuments. Children are then able to engage with history by asking investigative questions leading to a secure understanding of the past and what the world has learnt from it.

Implementation

Our children are young historians who explore key facts and concepts through a rich and creative curriculum while developing key historical skills. South Avenue Historians learn about the following topics:

 

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Term 1

All about me

Where do I live

It’s good to be different

Over the bridge, under the bridge

Life in Roman Britain

Life in Space

Natural Disasters

Term 2

Is there anybody out there?

Celebrations

The Great Fire of London

Inventors

Roman Gladiators

Antarctica

Natural Disasters

Term 3

Travelling Ted

Race to the South Pole

The Spring Celebration

Dinosaurs

Rainforest

Ancient Greece

How did WWII impact the role of family lives

Term 4

Fur, feathers and scales

Toy Story

Britain’s Monarchs

Stone Age

Under the Sea

London through the ages

WWII - The Blitz

Term 5

Superheroes

How we grow

Where the wild things are

Ancient Egy[ptians

Raiders and Invaders

London through the ages

Secondary school transition

Term 6

Our favourite stories

We are authors

Vincent Van Gough

Africa

Who were the Anglo-Saxons and the Scots?

The Mayans and Aztecs

Secondary school transition

 

 

 

Impact

At South Avenue Primary School our children develop an understanding of Britain through the ages, history around the globe and the ways in which people’s lives have been shaped by events throughout history.

Throughout Reception and Key Stage 1 our children learn about the passing of time, they talk about themselves and the people around them and their roles in society as well as developing their knowledge of significant historical figures.

In Key Stage 2 our children build on these skills to question and explore in depth a wide range of historical themes.

South Avenue school’s history curriculum supports our children in developing their personal skills in line with our school values of thinking creatively, working collaboratively, showing commitment and courage when challenging ourselves whilst also learning about our school and local community

Please click on the links below to explore History at South Avenue School

 

Pupil Voice

Classroom Displays

Special Events

Progression of Skills