History should be concerned with stimulating the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We want the children to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their local history along with an understanding of aspects of British history and of the wider world. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach the children to investigate these past events and, by so doing, develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.
Celebrating our history learning
Despite the restrictions in place over the past year we have still celebrated our learning in history. In KS1, Year 1 have enjoyed learning all about Mary Anning and looking at real fossils to find out more about her life and her amazing discoveries. They have used a range of sources to investigate more about her achievements. Year 2 have been historical detectives, investigating the life of Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees. They have been successful in comparing her work to that of Charles Darwin and considering the effect both individuals have had on the world we live in today.
In KS2, in years 3 and 4 we have had successful Ancient Britain and Roman days where we learn more about aspects of these topics through cross-curricular workshops. Year 5 have investigated the Mayans and explored Mayan art. In year 6, a fantastic virtual assembly with a local expert helped to bring their WW1 unit to life. Year 6 were also able to celebrate their learning with the rest of the school by setting up a WW1 museum of their work for us all to enjoy.