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History at Firfield

We aim to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History should inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past and we will endeavour to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. The study of History should help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of our time.  It should help develop the understanding of British Values by the study of times when those values were not present in Britain and enable the children to compare Britain and other cultures in the past with Britain in the present.

We are keen to make our History as hands on as possible by using: artefacts -both bought by the school and loaned to us from the Schools Library Service; Historical journeys such as visiting Bolsover castle and Arkwright’s Mill in Cromford; visiting speakers and Historical interpreters and wherever possible exploring Historical concepts through cross curricular learning, especially drama and outdoor learning.

Our pupils study two History based topics per year group (with Y6 combining two National Curriculum units within one topic). You will find the breakdown of these units below:

Year 1

What would it  be like to live in a castle?  (significant historical people and  places in the locality)

What makes a superhero? (changes within living memory)

Year 2

How would you build an indestructible building? (events beyond living memory )

How has Florence Nightingale made the world a better place? (the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements)

Year 3

Were the Greeks great?  (a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world )

What did the Flintstones do in their Yabba-Dabba-Doo time? (changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.)

Year 4

What made the Mayans Mighty? (a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history)

What did the Romans  ever do for us?  (The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain)

Year 5

Does your mummy live in a pyramid? (the achievements of the earliest civilizations.)

Why was Alfred Great?  (Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots)

Year 6

Were the Vikings always vicious? (The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor)

Who were the Geeks and Nerds of the Industrial Revolution? (a local history study ) and (a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 )

The information in brackets is taken from the 2014 National Curriculum and shows our coverage of the statutory areas. Of course, there will be opportunities to study other  aspects of History during cross curricular topic links.