History

The curriculum is creative, coherent and progressive. We aim to deepen children’s knowledge and understanding of key areas that are linked with both the National Curriculum and relevant to our children’s lives now and going forward.

History around School 2019/2020

Foundation Stage 2 – Dinosaurs

This half term the children in F2 have learnt all about dinosaurs. The children have been growing a dinosaur from an egg and watching and commenting on the changes every day.  They also made their own dinosaur fossil.

Key Stage 1 – The Great Fire of London

In KS1, the children have been learning all about The Great Fire of London. They learnt how the fire started in Pudding Lane in Thomas Farriner’s bakery. The children discussed the reasons why the fire spread so quickly by looking at the houses and living conditions in 1666. The children learnt a Great Fire of London song to help them remember all the facts they had learnt.

The Year 2 children complete a theatre workshop with Partake Theatre where they acted out the events during the fire.

Key Stage 1 – Great Explorers

The children in Key Stage 1 have learnt about and compared the lives of two ‘Great Explorers’ – Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. Part of this topic included talking about significant people – their prior knowledge of Florence Nightingale and Usain Bolt enabled the children to have a very interesting debate.

Lower Key Stage 2 – The Romans

The children in Lower Key Stage 2 have been learning about the Romans – who they were, where they came from and how they invaded Britain. They have developed their understanding of chronology and explored ways to find out about the past. Linking with the Roman topic, they have explored the art technique of mosaics and have created mosaics using stone and paper.

Upper Key Stage 2 – World War II

The Year 5 and 6, have been learning all about World War II looking, in particular, at how the war started, evacuation, rationing and the role of women during the war. They were able to see the full army uniform in real life along with an army ration box.

Upper Key Stage 2 – The Maya Civilisation

The children in Upper Key Stage 2 have learnt all about the Ancient Maya civilisation.  They have explored their religious beliefs and the use of sacrifice to honour their Gods. They have learnt about how archaeologists have found out about ancient civilisations using artefacts. They have also looked at the Maya’s writing and number system.

History around School 2018/2019

Key Stage 1 – Toys

The Key Stage 1 children have learnt about the history of toys.  They have compared their current toys with those from the past, noticing that they have a much bigger range of toys today. They have also interviewed residents at Clifton View Care Home about their favourite toys. As part of the Topic, they visited Sudbury Hall where they were able to play with toys from the Victorian times.

Key Stage 1 – Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole

The children have learnt all about how Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole looked after wounded soldiers during war time and how they helped to make hospitals clean and safe. They had a special visit from a nurse who showed them how to put on bandages and how to help people who have hurt their necks.

Lower Key Stage 2 – The Ancient Egyptians

The Lower Key Stage 2 children have learnt about the meaning of: preserved, organs, sarcophagus, casket, mummy, mummification, mummify, natron salt, linen amulet, canopic jar, urn, hieroglyphs and scrolls. As part of this topic, they visited the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and had a look at the fascinating Ancient Egypt museum gallery. They took part in two interesting workshops: one about mummification and one about Ancient Egyptian artefacts.  They held some genuine Ancient Egyptian objects and they even had the opportunity to mummify a pharaoh.

Upper Key Stage 2 – Crime and Punishment

The Upper Key Stage 2 children have studied the social history of crime and punishment from the Roman era to modern day. The children learnt about the legacy of the Roman justice system and crime and punishment through the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods. They then reflected upon and compared modern day crime prevention methods to those from the past.

As part of this topic, the children visited The National Justice Museum  where they took part in acting out a court case of a Victorian girl, Isabella Makin. The children sat in a Victorian court room and were given props to help them get into character. They also had time to explore the museum and the dungeons that would have been used many years ago to house the prisoners. James Bonnington (a jailer) and Elizabeth Fryer (a campaigner for prison standards for women) were on hand to tell us about their roles.

Upper Key Stage 2 – The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons

The Upper Key Stage 2 children have learnt all about the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons. The children have learnt many facts about the Vikings including: where they came from, why they travelled here, how they survived, what they did to make them so famous and whether they were always the vicious people they are portrayed to be.

They were visited by Bjorn (a traditional Viking person) who took charge of a ‘Viking Day’ at the Milford Academy. He bought lots of artefacts and replica weapons and clothing for the children to hold and try on. Bjorn shared many stories about Viking life.

Mrs Cassidy