History leader - Jamie Stoddart
Purpose of study
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:
know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
History – Key Stages 1 and 2
gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
Year 1 - History
The children made us all proud on their very first school trip all the way to Liverpool. We loved looking around Albert Dock and found so many things in the museum! Lots of us thought the model of the Titanic was amazing, we couldn't believe how long it is - as big as three football fields put together!
Year 2 - History
For their WOW day Year 2 held a 1950's theme 'Queen's Coronation Party'.
They started the day by watching a video of the Queen's actual coronation and identifying the sights, sounds and similarities and differences between the present day and 1953. The children also learnt the words to our national anthem and practised singing it together. After lunch they made our own Union Flags and ate 1950's style party food. They tried cucumber sandwiches, cream cheese and celery, jelly and ice cream with cloudy lemonade. To end the day Year 2 learnt how to dance a 1950's jive! What an exciting day they had!
Year 3 - History
In DT Year 3 were inspired to design and create our own Stone Age jewellery. They looked at photographs of jewellery which was discovered at Skara Brae. The children looked carefully at the shape of the animal teeth, bones and fossils to help us create our own out of earth coloured clay. They painted them and used thread to string them together. Take a look at the photographs to see their amazing pieces of jewellery.
Year 3 went to Portland Basin and found out lots of interesting information about life in Victorian Ashton.
Year 4 - History
Year 4 had a fantastic time visiting the dungeons in Blackpool.
Year 4 experimented making food from 100 years ago!
Year 5 - History
Year 5 & 6 have been working together to journey back to WW2 and create a film about life during The Blitz. They used our Green Screen equipment to film several pieces of drama where we explored what it would have been like to live on The Home Front. The children then showcased their writing by performing poetry and reading newspaper reports that would feature in a documentary style film.
They all looked fantastic in authentic clothing and the film that they have produced is fantastic.
Year 6 - History
After carrying out lots of research about evacuation, the children used different drama strategies to bring to life an evacuee's journey. They used thought-tracking and freeze-framing to share how they'd have felt being waved off at the train station and we all took part in a conscience alley to share thoughts and worries about a new home.
Look at all the fabulous displays that celebrate the history topics that we have covered across the school this term!
History - Year 4
Archaeologists for the day!
History - Year 3
Lowry Charcoal drawings
The children explored the style of L.S. Lowry and looked carefully at different images to find out about life at that time.
History - Year 3
Victorian toys & games
The Year 3 children made some fantastic Victorian toys and games as part of their homework project.
History - Year 2
Great Fire of London Dance and Drama workshop
A practitioner came in to help the children learn more about the Great Fire of London through dance and drama.
History - Year 1
Trip to The Museum of Science and industry.
The children really enjoyed learning about the way Manchester has changed over the years and found out some interesting facts about the first day the Steam Train was launched!