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Meadowdale Primary School

 

History

In History the children learn about events of importance to them, the immediate past and the distant past. Books, newspapers, objects, photographs, ICT, specialist history visitors and visits all help them to learn about life in the past. In Key Stage 1 the children will learn about different aspects of everyday life in the past, e.g. transport, local history, the Great Fire of London and castles. During Key Stage 2 they will be taught about important developments in Britain’s past from Roman to modern times, and also about ancient civilisations and local history.

The children have a number of themed days where they dress up in the costume of the period being studied and experts come into school to lead the activities.

We aim to systematically develop the understanding of identified historical themes and enable children to make connections across, and within, historical periods. Historical skills are taught and developed throughout the school, for example working chronologically, using/selecting sources as evidence, asking questions, identifying differences and similarities, identifying different interpretations and possible reasons for these etc.

 

History Curriculum Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1       Travel and Trains

 

 

George Stephenson, Thomas Cook.

 

Invention of the locomotive and development of the railway system

  Local area – Market Harborough
Year 2 Famous People and events

 

Christopher Columbus

Neil Armstrong

World War One - Remembrance

  The Great Fire of London.

 

How did the Great Fire of London start? Why did the fire spread so quickly? How did people try to put out the great fire?

Castles

 

Where were they built? Parts of a castle? Why were they built? (Normans) Link to Warwick Castle

 

 
Year 3 Ancient Egypt

 

- Time line and geography

- Physical features of Egypt

- Climate and seasons

- Religion

- Mummification

- Weighing of the Heart ceremony

 

Anglo Saxons

 

- Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

- the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

-Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

-the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

   
Year 4 Stone Age

 

Late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers, for example, Skara Brae, Bronze Age religion, technology and travel, for example, Stonehenge, Iron Age hill forts: tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture

  The Romans

 

 

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

 

 

 
Year 5 Mini – Unit

 

History of space flight and history of Neil Armstrong

 

    The Aztecs

 

Who were the Aztecs and when did they live?

 

Local History Topic – Richard III

 

To investigate how archaeology can help us find out more about the past.

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Year 6 Mini Unit

 

Top twenty! A timeline of exploration through history – key people and events

 

Mini Unit - Explorers

· Study of an explorer from the past

· Life on board the Endurance

 

 

Ancient Greek life, culture, gods, conflict