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; they can analyse sources and understand bias; they gradually combine this knowledge to form opinions of past individuals, events and influences.
Artefacts and Sources
We integrate sources into our History curriculum, giving pupils opportunities to analyse, compare and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources. We are also lucky to have lots of artefacts that the children can use to explore events in history. Examples of these include, chainmail, pottery, Roman armour, gas masks, coins, evacuee suitcases and papyrus paper.
Political Advocacy in History
Within History we teach Political Advocacy through debating, learning about how key figures have argued for issues they feel strongly about and how society can be more inclusive with a focus on how the past has impacted the future. 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.
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 Ancient Egyptians, Year 6 spent the day mummifying a fish and playing a traditional board game of Senet 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.
Please find the progression map for History at Bevington below. This map details the skills and knowledge pupils are taught in each year through the school.