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At Holy Family, the children are very keen to learn about the past and they love their history lessons.

 

At Holy Family, we are teaching the National Curriculum; studying a range of historical periods, such as the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, the Romans, Saxons and Vikings and the Tudors. Generally speaking, the curriculum is arranged in chronological order so that the younger children learn about ancient civilizations of the past and older children study more recent times such as the Falklands and Second World War.

We believe that it is important to build historical knowledge so that children learn about the famous people from the past, for example, Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. We also find out all about famous events from a particular period in local history; the Great Fire of London for example. However, we are also very keen to ensure that children develop historical skills. Therefore, teachers will also organise various activities so that children can compare and contrast the past and the present, or between different periods and develop a chronological awareness. For example, pupils may be asked to compare and contrast an Anglo Saxon dwelling with a modern day home.

 

Year Group:

Autumn Term:

Spring Term:

Summer Term:

1

 

 

 

2

Great Fire of London

Explorers

Travel and Transport

3

Egyptians

Stone Age to Iron Age

Romans

4

The Tudor Monarchy

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

The Mayan Civilisation

5

World War I

The Victorians

The Ancient Greeks

6

World War II

Geography focus this term

Crime and Punishment

 

 

We also encourage educational visits as we believe that trips to places like a Colchester Castle or a Layer Marney Tower serve beautifully to bring history to life. The photographs of children actively participating in historical activities hopefully help to explain not only why so many pupils enjoy the subject at Holy Family but why history plays such an important role in their education and personal development and why the children do so well.

 

Year 1:

Content to follow.

 

Year 2:

The Great Fire of London:

To find out about the history in the local area,

To be able to use secondary sources to answer questions about the past,

To learn about the features of an era,

To consider similarities and differences between Stuart era and present,

To find out about the causes of a historical event,

To consider the consequences of a historical event.

 

Explorers:

To find out about the achievements of Christopher Columbus,

To find out about the achievements of Neil Armstrong,

To find out about the achievements of Captain Scott

To consider how their actions shaped history,

To be able to ask and answer questions about the past,

To learn about the features of an era,

To be able to compare and contrast different periods of history.

 

Travel and Transport:

To discuss how travel and transport was different in the past,

To answer questions about Viking Longboats,

To know how cars have changed since they were invented,

To find out about George Stephenson's life and inventions,

To understand how trains changed people's lives in the 19th century,

To find out about the different ways that humans have tried to fly throughout history,

To find out about the Wright brothers and the invention of the aeroplane,

To compare travel and transport of the past, present and future.

 

Year 3:

 

The Ancient Egyptians:

To find out where and when ancient civilizations appeared,

To learn about the cultural beliefs and practices in Ancient Egypt and the features of the period,

To consider the achievements of this ancient civilization,

To compare and contrast with present times,

To examine secondary sources and use them to answer questions,

To discuss how mans: beliefs, abilities and lifestyles developed over time.

 

Stone Age to Iron Age:

To find out how man used to live in Ancient times,

To learn about the features of the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age,

To consider similarities and differences between the periods in history,

To compare and contrast with present times,

To examine secondary sources and use them to answer questions,

To discuss how mans: beliefs, abilities and lifestyles developed over time.

 

The Romans:

To learn about Julius Caesar's attack on the Celts in 54BC,

To learn about how Claudius was able to invade successfully in AD43,

To identify the reasons why the Romans built an Empire and where,

To identify the key features of the period,

To compare and contrast with Celt period and present times,

To examine artefacts and use them to answer questions about the past,

To find out about the life of Boudicca and her effect on St. Albans,

To consider the impact the Romans had on Britain still evident today,

To discuss the reasons for the decline of the Roman Empire.

 

Year 4:

 

The Tudors:

To consider why people in the past acted as they did,

To find out about the key features of Tudor times,

To identify about the dissolution of the monastries, cause and effect,

To develop a sense of chronology within the Tudor period,

To understand the difference between a fact and an opinion,

To consider how different interpretations can be made about people in the past, such as Drake and Raleigh.

 

The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings:

To identify the reasons for the Anglo-Saxons invasions and Scots settlements,

To identify the key features of the period and compare and contrast with Romans and present,

To examine artefacts and secondary sources from Layer Marney and use them to answer questions about the past,

To learn about the Anglo-Saxon art, culture, justice and the story of Beowulf,

To find out about Anglo-Saxon beliefs and the growth of Christianity.

To identify the reasons for the Viking raids and how they invaded,

To identify key features and compare and contrast with present,

To examine artefacts and use them to answer questions about the past,

To consider the similarities and differences between periods and learn about the struggle between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings for England,

To consider the impact the Vikings had on Britain still evident today,

To find out about the life of Alfred the Great and the death of Edward in 1066,

To develop an understanding of chronology.

 

The Mayans:

To identify where and when the first civilizations appeared,

To find out about the key features of the Mayan civilization,

To consider the greatest achievements of the Mayas,

To compare and contrast cultural beliefs with other periods and the present,

To develop a sense of chronology,

To understand that our knowledge about the past is constructed from a variety of sources,

To consider different theories about the decline of this civilization.

 

Year 5:

 

World War I:

To explore the causes of the First World War,

To explore the different sources about what life was like at the Western Front,

To explore the different sources showing what life was like on the Home Front,

To find out how the war ended,

To understand why Remembrance is so important,

To identify ways in which we remember,

To understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

 

The Victorians:

To study the events that lead to Queen Victoria’s Coronation and the celebrations of the day,

To understand Queen Victoria’s family tree,

To understand what life was like in Victorian times and to compare and contrast this with the modern day,

To describe life in the Workhouse and to understand the events that might have led someone to live there,

To study the Industrial Revolution and understand the impact this had on life in Victorian times.

 

The Ancient Greeks:

To learn about the achievements of this ancient civilization,

To learn about how the Ancient Greeks used to live,

To identify the key features of the period,

To compare and contrast with present times,

To examine secondary sources and use them to answer questions,

To consider how the Ancient Greeks have influenced the Western World.

 

Year 6:

 

World War II:

To identify the causes of the Second World War and consequences,

To consider the influence Britain had on WWII and how Britain has been influenced,

To find out the history of the local area relating to WWII,

To interview people to discover their experiences and place them in a historical context,

To understand connections between local, national and international history,

To develop an overview of how wars have changed in recent times,

To understand continuity and change.

 

Crime and Punishment:

To find out about the crime and punishment during particular eras such as the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian times,

To compare and contrast crime and punishment between periods and present,

To understand continuity and change,

To gain deeper understanding of chronology,

To analyse trends, make connections and draw conclusions,

To discuss the merits of different types of punishments and use historical evidence to back an argument.

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