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History

Please click on this link to find the ‘Intent’ for this subject. The ‘Intent’ is our school aim for what we would like the children to be able to do, know and understand.

History intent

Here you can find the Progression Document for this subject. This shows what we expect the children to know, do and understand in this subject for each Year group.

History Progression Document

History for the school website

At Winter Gardens, we believe that a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past.  It should inspire curiosity and teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop a perspective judgement.

During Key Stage 1 pupils learn about people’s lives and lifestyles.  They find out about significant people and events from the recent and more distant past.  They listen and respond to stories and use sources of information and artefacts to to help them ask and answer questions.  They learn how the past is different from the present and are immersed in real life scenarios as much as possible to aid their understanding.

During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and distant past.  They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in the wider world.  They build on their knowledge from Key Stage 1 and are encouraged to make links to previous learning through one of our key taxonomies of integration.  They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious and cultural perspectives.  They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past in depth.  They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.

Year 3 learnt all about the Stone Age.  Their brilliant beginning started with the children and teachers being immersed back in time.  They dressed up as Stone Age people and went on an archaeological dig.  They found many different artefacts buried, which inspired them to ask many questions.

To celebrate the end of this exciting topic the children then visited an Iron Age hut.  Again, they were immersed back in time and experienced what life was during the Iron Age. (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black history month began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of African culture.  It is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role in U.S. history.  Winter Gardens Academy celebrated this event in October and each year group focused on a different significant person.  All children learnt who, why and how their significant person impacted history.  They identified lessons learned and examined how life would be different today if it wasn’t for these people. (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1 have been learning all about the Great Fire of London.

They started the topic by introducing children to new vocabulary.  Children were encouraged to use these words, which were displayed on the working walls within the classroom. (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For each new topic being taught every teacher starts with a KWL.  The K is testing the children of what they know already.  The W is what the children want to learn and the L is completed at the end of the topic or lesson based on what the children have learnt.  This helps the teachers tailor the teaching towards the children’s interest. (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In year 1, the children were taken back in time and used role-play to demonstrate how the fire was put out during the Great Fire of London.  This helped them to understand how things have changed overtime.   They did not have fire engines at this time!  (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do the children at Winter Gardens say about History?

“I really like the way that my teacher uses role play”.  We made a long line and passed a bucket of water down the line to put the fire out.  It took ages!” (About the Great Fire of London)

“It’s important that we understand why things are the way they are now.  The things that happened in the past make the world what it is today.”

“I like learning about things that happened before I was born.”