“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
At Langton Green Primary School we aim to teach history in an exciting and engaging way through our creative curriculum.
Our aims of teaching and learning history:
- to build pupils critical awareness;
- to encourage pupils to think and develop values;
- to help pupils understand the world they live in;
- to enjoy a fascinating and relevant subject.
We feel that it is very important for the children to develop enquiring minds. The teaching and learning of history takes place through our exciting creative curriculum where children focus on a specific topic each term. This enables the children to spend time exploring the history of the subject and allows them to develop their skills and knowledge to a greater depth.
History in the National Curriculum can be summed up in just a few statements: ordering events in time; finding differences and similarities; writing and talking about the past; using different sources for information; asking and answering questions. All classes in each year group will do all of these at some point and aim to link ‘then’ with ‘now’.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The early learning goals in EYFS are very much focused on the memories of the child. It may be that they are asked to remember a special event or routine or custom for their family. They may talk about differences between different family members or different generations.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
At Key Stage 1, children may be asked to learn about specific people or events that are both within and beyond living history. Teachers are more free to choose who or what they would like to teach about so it links to the in class teaching. Popular choices often include people like Neil Armstrong or Tim Peake, Grace Darling, or Florence Nightingale. Events such as the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight, or themes such as castles or toys lend themselves very well to learning about the past. There will often be a very strong link to a local event or person.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)
At Key Stage 2, the curriculum is much more prescriptive. Your child will learn all about the following periods of British history over the 4 years in Key Stage 2:
• Stone Age;
• Ancient Romans;
• Anglo Saxons;
• The Vikings;
• A period of history later than 1066 (e.g. World War 2).
Children will also be introduced to some world civilisations in history such as:
• Ancient Greeks;
• Ancient Egyptians;
• Ancient Shang dynasty of China;
• The Mayans Civilisation (AD 900-1300) to contrast with British History.
Visits and visitors to the school also enhance the children’s learning e.g. British museum, The Home Front Bus and Kent Life.
During November we will be completing a very special Remembrance service to honour the 100 years since the end of World War 2. Year 5 will be taking part in a Remembrance service at the local parish church on Sunday 11th November.