History Curriculum Page 2023-2024
We love learning about the past in St. Christopher's and the History curriculum really enables us to explore what life was like in Britain and beyond in recent and older History. We use 'Key Stage History' to support in our planning and delivery of many of our History units. Currently, Years 3 and 4 are using Opening Worlds Curriculum Planning, with Year 2 teaching The Stone Age in preparation for Year 3.
"A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time." National Curriculum 2014
History Work in Year Groups
In Year One the children study the topic of 'Toys' where they explore old and new toys and how the impact of certain toys and games have affected our lives today. The children play with old and new toys, sort them, investigate the similarities and differences between them and decide why some toys have lasted the test of time better than others. The children will also learn about The First Flight, making links to the local area and journeys.
Our History Curriculum provides opportunities for the children to study events in British History that have been of significant impact. Year 2 study Famous People from the Past-Kitty Wilkinson and Florence Nightingale. They learn about significant events from the past, the Great Fire of London. In preparation for the transition into Key Stage Two, children will start a topic from Opening Worlds: The Stone Age.
The children will begin to learn from the Opening Worlds Curriculum. Opening Worlds is a knowledge-rich humanities programme for teaching history, geography and religion in Years 3 to 6. Through this approach, children's literacy skills are enhanced through historical topics. The topics are:
Cradles of Civilisation
The Indus Valley
Persia and Greece
Alexander the Great
This year's Year 4 will begin Opening Worlds curriculum and continue their learning from Year 3.
Their topics include: Roman Republic, The Roman Empire (Autumn), Roman Britain and Christianity in 3 Empires (Spring) and Arabia and Early Islam, Corboda-The City of Light.
Year 5 will learn deepen their historical understanding through the following topics.
Crime & Punishment
They will make comparisons to different times in the past and make links.
Year 6 will enhance their understanding of world and local history through these topics:
World War 2 The Blitz in Liverpool