History curriculum overview
At St Nicholas Primary school we teach history as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. Our history teaching is planned through topics, which are carefully chosen to inspire the children and increase their curiosity and desire to find out more about the past.
We ensure that children are taught a wide range of historical periods as they progress throughout the school, starting with changes in living memory, progressing to learning about events and significant historical figures locally, nationally and then internationally throughout Key Stage One. These will typically be taught through topics such as all about me, toys, the great fire of London and Florence Nightingale for example.
In Key Stage Two, the children cover two specific areas: British History which is taught chronologically and a Broader History Study.
The British History begins with leaning about the Stone Age to Iron Age Britain and moves on to the Roman Empire, Anglo Saxons and Vikings and finishes with an extended British period study such as the changing power of our British Monarchs.
The Broader History Study covers a local history study, earliest ancient civilisations such as Indus Valley or Ancient Egypt and moves on to a study of Ancient Greece and then a Non- European study such as Islamic civilisation or Mayan civilisation.
These KS2 Topics are carefully selected to fit the year groups so that the children are challenged appropriately and progression takes place from year three to year six.
Historical investigation skills are taught alongside the knowledge, so that children are able to apply these to new learning situations as they arise. We teach and encourage the children to:
Sometimes at St Nicholas we have a whole school approach to teaching History. We recently had a whole school topic about Stonehenge, which started with a visit to the monument and provided many opportunities for the children to explore and discover facts about an ancient monument in the locality. This enabled us to bring history to life and the children absolutely loved finding out about the history of Stonehenge. You can see photos of some of the work they produced below.
The approach to geography teaching, at St Nicholas, is taught in a similar vein to history. We teach geography through topics and, where appropriate, science (biological and seasonal aspects), computing and maths. We strive to teach a broad and balanced curriculum; teaching knowledge using both first hand experiences and creative resources to provide children with a secure level of understanding of the world. But also, linking their geographical skills to most areas of the curriculum and their everyday life to highlight the relevance of these skills.
We build on geographical knowledge; learning about our country and the world around us, from capital city facts to international trade links. Our geography topics are chosen to celebrate our local area where we have easy access to both rural and urban environments – in the village of Porton and the city of Salisbury. Further afield, certain country studies are chosen to inspire the children or of which some children have connections or experiences of. Previously, two classes learnt about China after two children were fortunate enough to celebrate Chinese New Year in the country. Lots of interesting, cultural artefacts were brought back!
Children at our school enjoy the practical side of geography, including learning to use maps and compasses. This is taught in a variety of ways: through residential trips, using Beebots, orienteering and utilising our school grounds.
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