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History:

Our school’s intent is to offer a high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Through our history curriculum, pupils are given the opportunity to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.  History helps 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 their time.

We have endeavoured to make our history curriculum as relevant to our pupils as possible.  In KS1, pupils learn about the history of the local area, including our Victorian school, and examine some of the surviving, original artefacts we still have from its formative years.  In KS2, pupils study World War II and its impact on Britain; this significant period in history had a lasting impact on our school, which was hit by an incendiary bomb during an air raid.  The wealth of primary resources available from this time enables children to explore a range of rich historical enquiries.

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As an alternative to school trips, children in Year 5 participated in a virtual reality workshop to experience a taste of what life was like in Viking Britain.

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In previous years, Year 6 have visited HMS Belfast as part of their learning about World War II and its impact on Britain.

All year groups have access to a wide range of replica artefacts, models, materials and other objects in their history ‘topic boxes’, which bring the learning to life and greatly enhance the children’s understanding of the features of the time period they are studying.  We also use History to promote a love of reading – each topic has several sets of carefully chosen reference books which pupils use for research and to enrich their learning

You can find out the full range of topics covered and the intent, implementation and impact of our History curriculum by viewing the History SDP below.

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