RC Primary School, Stevenage
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Our Learning / History
At St. Margaret Clitherow, we aim to develop an interest and awareness of the past and to help all pupils understand the impact individuals, groups and countries have had on society over time. We aim to foster a sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the World and how this has shaped our lives in the world we live in today.
How is our curriculum delivered?
Through the development of historical skills, pupils in Key Stage 1 learn about:
Changes within living memory
Significant events beyond living memory e.g. The Great Fire of London
The lives of significant people in the past e.g. Captain James Cook
Great Inventions e.g. The first aeroplane
Significant historical events and people in our own locality
Through the development of historical skills and enquiry, pupils in Key Stage 2 will develop their chronological understanding of events in British, local and world history whilst learning about:
The Stone Age to Iron Age
Britain’s settlement by the Anglo-Saxons and Scots and The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for England
A local history study
A theme of British history beyond 1066 e.g. Crime and Punishment
The achievements of an early civilization e.g. Ancient Egypt
Life in Ancient Greece, achievements, and influences
A non-European Society as a contrast to British history e.g. Mayan civilization
EYFS cover Geography through their varied curriculum and topics. Following the interests of the child and continual assessment, we adjust our provision accordingly to ensure that they meet their end of year outcomes.
How can I help from home?
You are living through History right now! Historians in the future will study the beginning of this this century, including the recent coronavirus pandemic. Below is a link to a time capsule activity you might link to fill in. Could it be used as a source of evidence in the future? Or you could save it to remind your future self of what you were thinking and feeling at this time.
Here is an online game to help your child deepen their understanding of The Great Fire ofLondon. Your child will experience what it was like to live through the fire in1666 by helping eight-year-old Tom Porter fight the fire and escape to the river, as well as examining the historical evidence that tells us about the past.
The HistoricRoyal Palaces website have some fun, interactive resources to help your childlearn about the past. Areas covered include the Tudors, the history of theTower of London and more!
Which period ofHistory interests you the most? Horrible Histories has been entertaining and informing children and adults alike about the past for several years. Based on the best-selling books by Terry Deary, here is a link to the multi-award-winning BBC TV series. http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories
Visits to museums will often inspire an interest in topics that are being studied.