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History at Ainderby


What do our children about History?

 “I loved learning about castles. I liked William the Conqueror best because he had a bow and arrow. He killed Harold of Sussex.”                 

 “I enjoyed finding out about ancient Egypt. It was interesting.” 

“The Romans were interesting.  We found out about the things they left in Britain.”

History Intent

At Ainderby Steeple CE Primary we believe that high quality history lessons develop critical thinking, enhance the ability to weigh evidence, generate debate and develop chronological understanding.  Our aim is to ensure that our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through learning about human achievements and experiences we aim to stimulate our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and to equip them with the skills to ask perceptive questions. Through the teaching of history, we aim to help our pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. We believe that learning about history helps our children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political and cultural and background and helps them to become confident, resilient and responsible citizens.

History Implementation

Our history curriculum is based on Early Years 2021 Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014 objectives.  It includes termly topics for all children from Year 1 to Year 6 and has been developed to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

Throughout their learning, children of all ages develop their chronology skills. They begin to make links between periods in history and they compare and contrast ways of life in the past to ways of life in the present day. Due to the annual changing class structures, the history curriculum isn't always in chronological order, therefore we use our timeline to help children understand when different periods of history occurred. 

The children study a range of significant people, periods and events that have occurred in British and international history.  They investigate using sources such as pictures, stories, writing and artefacts and they use these to ask and answer questions about the past and to explore how these impact upon the world we live in.

Where possible, learning is enhanced through drama, educational visits, workshops and visitors to school. Work will show that a range of topics is being covered and  cross curricular links are made where possible.  

In Key stage 1, pupils should be taught about:

  • Changes within living memory – where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life

  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]

  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.

  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

In Key Stage 2, pupils should be taught about:

  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.

  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.

  • A local history study.

  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer, The Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China

  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

  • a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history

History Impact 

Through the high-quality teaching of History taking place we will see the impact of the subject in different ways.

Children will be able to talk with confidence about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. They will be engaged in History lessons and be enthusiastic to find out 

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