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We are historians...

'People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.' Marcus Garvey 

At Heartwood we plan History so that each year the children are progressively going further back in time along a timeline. History is led by Jordan Grass who has an A-level in History. He shares his knowledge and experience with the Heartwood team to develop their History teaching and practice. 

 

In the EYFS, children learn about the present day and the recent history in terms of their lives and growing from a baby. This provides the year 1 children with the foundations to start to explore the history of their parents and  Swaffham in living memory. This is then progressively followed by in-depth study of significant events and people  locally and wider throughout each year group- preparing them to History at secondary level and to be life long Historians. 

 

Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6
Their own life and their families history 

Wider understanding

of the concept

of history for significant people

in their lives and locality

The history of their lives. 

 

Swaffham in WW2

 

100 years of Swaffham town 

 

Queen Elizabeth 2nd and her life 

Queen Victoria

 

WW2 medicine in war. 

 

Edith Cavell

Henry 8th and Tudor times 

 

Acts of remembrance WW1

Normans,

Vikings and Anglo-Saxons 

 

WW1 Peace and war 

 

History of Northern 

Ireland

Romans

 

Egyptians

 

Ancient Greece 

 

WW2 bravery

 

War at Christmas 

Stone Age

 

Mayan Civilisation

 

Lessons from war  

 

Enrichment

History enrichment weeks are planned progressively throughout the year to enhance cultural capital, experiences, knowledge, understanding and vocabulary. These include Dinosaur week, Gunpowder plot- (Year 1), World War week

and any significant local, national and world events. We take part in Black History month and children all learn and are inspired from studies on significant people. In the summer term we take part in Gyspy, Traveller and Roma history month across the school.

 

COVID Recovery 

In response to the potential impact of the pandemic on history, at the beginning of each unit if History teaching we built in time to teach and discuss and deepen knowledge of previous History from our curriculum map  

 

We teach History with key substantive and second-order concepts that children use throughout their learning in each year group to make connections and links with their prior learning and prepare them for what they are learning next. 

These concepts are:

  • Power and Governance (kings, queens and leaders)
  • Religion
  • Peace and War 
  • Communities 

How do we teach History?

Through the Mantle of the Expert drama and story based approach, we take the children back in time on a commission. Planned knowledge and vocabulary drives the learning. Children are enriched with vocabulary and given planned opportunities to apply knowledge learned. We stimulate the children's curiosity in order for then to engage in learning and create future historians. 

We give the children planned opportunities as historians to research evidence including primary and secondary sources and have the necessary skills to argue for their point of view; a skill that will help them in their adult life.

 

We enhance learning experiences through trips and visitors:

 

NurseryReception Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6

Visits from

parents/

carers and family 

Visits from

the parents

and the community  

Local visit-

history of Swaffham  

Victorian

school Great Cressingham

 

Edith Cavell experience visit 

Ancient house- Tudors 

 

War memorial in Swaffham 

 

Visit to St Peter and Paul's church

Gressenhall- WW1 

Swaffham Museum- Egyptians 

 

Norwich castle

Stone age experience visit 

 

 

Making a Difference

Through the history curriculum we use the knowledge of the past to discuss why decisions and actions were taken and what we can learn from these to be respectful citizens and make a different to our community and beyond. This includes an emphasis on tolerating differences, respecting their community and living in peace. 

 

We carry out acts of kindness. often child-led, including supporting charities such as the Royal British Legion and taking part in Remembrance. 

The National curriculum 

We teach history through the National curriculum supported by a clear knowledge, skills and vocabulary progress. 

 

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 at 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.

 

 

 

3 & 4-year-olds will be learning to:

Children in Reception will be learning to:

ELG

Communication

 

 

Speaking

  • Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher. 

Maths

  • Begin to describe a sequence of events, real or fictional, using words such as ‘first’, ‘then...’

 

 

Understanding the World

  • Begin to make sense of their own life-story and family’s history.
  • Understand the key features of the life cycle of a plant and an animal.

 

  • Comment on images of familiar situations in the past.
  • Compare and contrast characters from stories, including figures from the past.

 

Past and Present

  • Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society.
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

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 there is a lot more variation between individual schools. 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 and Scots
  • The Vikings
  • A local history unit
  • A period of history later than 1066 (e.g. World War 2, Victorians, Tudors, the 1960s).

Children will also be introduced to some world civilisations in history. There is some variation allowed for schools here as they can choose one of each section. It may depend on the period of history most relevant to the children themselves.

  • Ancient Greeks
  • Ancient Egyptians or Ancient Shang dynasty of China or the Indus Valley
  • The Mayans or Islamic Civilisation or Benin (AD 900-1300) to contrast with British history


 

The Nicholas Hamond Academy 

Our curriculum is designed to prepare the children for the next stages in their education in each subject. Our curriculum map plans to support the declarative and procedural knowledge needed for the children to access and thrive in history in KS3.

 

TNHA History Curriculum Map KS3

 

TNHA History Curriculum Map KS4

Implementation of History 

History at Heartwood

Tudor Times 

At Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School we have been immersing ourselves in History the Tudors. The children have loved learning about the lives of people from our past and how very different life was.

 

We have been learning through a drama-based approach called Mantle of the Expert. The children take on the role of ‘experts’ and are taught their History through a series on tasks based on an imaginary task/job. For example in Year 4 the children have been learning all about Henry VIII by being Tudor house restorers (experts) and preparing a run down Tudor house to become a Tudor museum. They have learned about Tudor houses, the people that worked there, their lives, King Henry VIII and how powerful he was, how he changed the church and how priests were scared to practice their faith.

The children have loved their learning and have been engrossed with the drama aspect. It has been great to see how much they have learned and how the drama has brought the History to life.

 

Year 4 were also lucky enough to visit Ancient House in Thetford to experience more of Tudor life. The Year 3 children will be having a Victorian Day in school to learn all about life as a Victorian child, and how different it is to school today.

Victorian Experience Day

Year 2 went back in time to Victorian times in school. They compared how things were then to now. Many were shocked at the lack of technology and even pens!

Through the concept of power and governance the children learn about Queen Victoria and the impact that she had on children's lives and the changes in the schools over the Victorian period. 

 

Edith Cavell- Year 2

Remembrance Day

 

Every year we hold a 2 minute silence in school to remember all of those people who played a significant part in previous wars. Through the concept of Peace and war, the children learn age appropriate facts about the wars and the significance to our lives. We have a week in November where the children all progressively learn about aspects of the war and the heroes who served in them. 

Each class made their own poppies to remember the fallen soldiers. 

Bonfire Night

KS1 had a fantastic time learning about why we celebrate Firework's Night on the 5th November.

The children learnt about the story of Guy Fawkes, acted it out, retold the story, wrote wanted posters and even made their own Guy to place on the fire. They placed the events on the timeline and compared to present day.

They finished the celebrations with a sparkler in the forest. 

We are proud to be members of the Historical Association. 

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