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History

‘Work Together, Achieve More’

At Holley Park we are a strong community.  We know that by working together with all our partners we are able to provide the best opportunities for our children.

We want History to capture children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and help them to understand the diversity of human experience. History is important as it provides children with the opportunities to empathise with others, argue a point of view and know how historians use evidence - essential skills that are valued in adult life. Therefore, we aim for a high-quality history curriculum 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.

Curriculum content is knowledge and vocabulary rich, allowing children to develop their understanding of abstract concepts as they move through school.

 

At Holley Park Academy we are guided by the National Curriculum for History (2014)

The National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Statement for SEND

History education continues to play an important role for learners with SEND — rehearsing and embedding the practical skills and understanding they need to lead independent and fulfilling lives and enjoy safe and healthy relationships. Our history lessons provide an inclusive environment where learners have the opportunity to explore and reflect upon issues that affect them and can develop strategies and skills to manage different real-life situations. When the curriculum needs adapting, to suit the needs of individual children, appropriate modifications are made by the class teacher with support of the SENDCo and the Curriculum Subject Lead.

 

Substantive Threads

During their time in Reception, pupils are introduced to substantive historical concepts such as: settlement, monarchy, society. These concepts are introduced primarily through stories and high-quality dialogue. The complexity of pupils’ understanding of these concepts is developed as they progress through the school.

These threads are then extended and developed and added to across school. During their time in Key Stage 1, pupils extend their chronological knowledge further by developing a greater awareness of the past and learning about significant people and events beyond their own lives and experiences. As they progress through the Key Stage 1 curriculum, pupils learn where events and the people they have studied fit into a chronological framework and they learn to identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

EYFS

Cycle A

Autumn 1

 

Spring 1

Summer 1

How I’ve changed since I was a baby?

Civilisation

Homes

Peasantry

Rulers

Monarchy/Empire

EYFS

Cycle B

Autumn 1

 

Spring 1

Summer 1

Significant People

People in society/roles/change

Mae Jemison

Civilisation

Transport

Peasantry

Civilisation

Farming

Civilisation

Peasantry

 

Year 1

Autumn 1

Spring 1

 

Summer 1

The Gunpowder Plot

Monarchy/Empire          Religion       Rules/Law/Parliament

Toys Now and then

Civilisation

Grace Darling (local Study)

Monarchy /Empire

Civilisation

Year 2

Autumn 1

Spring 1

 

Summer 1

Great Fire of London

Monarchy/Empire       Civilisation

 

Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole

Invasion/Conflict

Famous Explorers/ Neil Armstrong

Peasantry

Year 3

Autumn 1

Spring 1

 

Summer 1

Stone age-Iron age

Peasantry

Civilisation

Roman Britain

Peasantry

Invasion/ Conflict   Civilisation

Anglo Saxons

Britain’s settlement

Peasantry Invasion/ Conflict   Religion

Year 4

Autumn 1

Spring 1

 

Summer 1

 

Viking Invasion

Struggle for England

790AD – 1066

Monarchy/Empire    Religion Rules/Law                                Civilisation

Industrial Revolution

Revolution    Rules/Law/Parliament

Civilisation

Coal Mining (North East)

Revolution    Rules/Law/Parliament

Civilisation

Year 5

Autumn 1

Spring 1

Summer 1

Achievements of Earliest Civilizations

(Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China)

with a focus on Ancient Egypt

Monarchy /Empire   Religion  Rules/Law/Parliament                                  Civilisation

 

The Mayans

Religion    Rules/Law/Parliament

Civilisation

Ancient Greece

Monarchy   Invasion/ Conflict    Religion                                        Rules/Law/Parliament    Civilisation

 

Year 6

Autumn 1

 

Spring 1

 

Summer 1

 

WW2

Invasion/ Conflict

British Historical Study beyond

Leisure and Entertainment in 20th Century

Revolution  Civilisation

 

The Right to Vote (Women)

Revolution          Rules/Law/Parliament

Civilisation

Enrichment of goes beyond curriculum requirements for the teaching of history. It will have an impact on a pupil's learning by creating memorable experiences both in the classroom and beyond. This could involve cross curricula approaches, visits, speakers, projects and learning with others.

If you would like to know more about our history curriculum offer, please contact our History subject Leader via the main school office.

Book Spine

 

Useful Links

National Geographic Kids – https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

BBC Bitesize – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcw76sg

BBC Programmes – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01bb49s

History For Kids – https://www.historyforkids.net/?utm_content=cmp-true

OAK National Academy KS1 https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-1/subjects/history

OAK National Academy KS2 https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/history

English Heritage: North East Visit North East | English Heritage (english-heritage.org.uk) 

Local History Archives: Local History Library @ ETR - Sunderland City Council