The History Curriculum at The Milford Academy
The curriculum is creative, coherent and progressive. We aim to deeper 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 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.