History is a key part of the curriculum as it forms the backbone of our topic based curriculum which runs throughout the school. Through teaching key knowledge and events in history, it allows children to understand the chronology of events and how change has happened over time. Through our teaching of skills, children become increasing inquisitive. They are able to pose questions about different time periods, to gain depth in their understanding of key historical events; therefore taking control of their own learning.
Debates in history lessons encourage children to analyse certain periods in time and use a range of sources to support their ideas and points. We encourage the children to become their own historian, by using sources and key knowledge so children can develop their own view points about historical events studied.
Artefacts and Sources
Each lesson has a practical element, which allows learning to be engaging and fun. We are lucky to have lots of artefacts that the children can use to explore events in history. For example, chainmail, pottery, Roman armour, gas masks, coins, evacuee suitcases and papyrus paper.
Trips and Experiences
At Bevington we are able to incorporate many trips and immersive experiences, which help bring the curriculum to life. For example, we have been lucky to have real-life evacuees in to speak to our children and we have explored the homes of the Tudors at Hampton Court palace. When learning about WW2, Y3/4 spent the afternoon dividing their room into East and West Berlin to further learn about life during that period. Another year group also held a Tudor banquet to explore food and traditions during the Tudor period.
Through using the scrapbooks to document topic work, children are able to take complete ownership of their learning and it has developed a greater sense of pride in their work. The use of scrapbooks has allowed each child’s work to be unique and displays the best of each child’s learning.