History

You can view or download our History Long Term Plan by clicking the link below:

History is an important part of our curriculum at Ropery Walk Primary School. We aim to provide children with a coherent understanding of the past of both Britain and the wider world.

Our variety in topics range from the Ancient Egyptians to the Mayans which inspire our children to learn more about the past, ask perceptive questions, think critically and understand change. We aim to develop their skills as historians as they progress through school. Below are examples of the objectives children are aiming to accomplish throughout their school life.

Early Years

Area of study Objectives
Chronological knowledge/understanding ·         Use everyday language related to time

·         Order and sequence familiar events

·         Describe main story settings, events and principal characters.

·         Talk about past and present events in their own lives and lives of family members.

Historical terms ·         Extend vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring meaning and sounds of new words.
Historical enquiry – Using evidence/communicating ideas. ·         Be curious about people and show interest in stories.

·         Answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions in response to stories or events.

·         Explain own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions.

·         Know that information can be retrieved from books and computers.

·         Record using marks they can interpret and explain.

Historical concepts
Continuity and change ·         Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

·         Develop understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.

Cause and consequence ·         Question why things happen and give explanations.
Similarity/difference ·         Know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
Significance of events/people ·         Recognise and describe special times or events for family or friends.

KS1 Objectives

Area of study Objectives
Chronological knowledge/understanding ·         Develop an awareness of the past

·         Use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.

·         Know where all people/events studied fit into a chronological framework.

·         Identify similarities/differences between periods.

Historical terms ·         Use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.
Historical enquiry – Using evidence/communicating ideas. ·         Ask and answer questions (based on ‘Historical Concepts’ section below)
Interpretations of history ·         Identify different ways in which the past is represented.
Historical concepts
Continuity and change ·         Identify similarities/differences between ways of life at different times.
Cause and consequence ·         Recognise why people did things, why events happened and what happened as a result.
Similarity/difference ·         Make simple observations about different types of people, events, beliefs within a society.
Significance of events/people ·         Talk about who was important e.g. in a simple historical account.

Lower KS2 Objectives

Area of study Objectives
Chronological knowledge/understanding ·         Continue to develop chronologically secure knowledge of history.

·         Establish clear narratives within and across periods studied.

Historical terms ·         Develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
Historical enquiry – Using evidence/communicating ideas. ·         Start to address and create historically valid questions (based on ‘Historical Concepts’ section below).

·         Start to use a range of sources to understand knowledge of the past.

·         Create informed responses to historical questions.

Interpretations of history ·         Understand that different versions of the past may exist and start to give some reasons for this.
Historical concepts
Continuity and change ·         Start to describe/make links between main events, situations and changes within and across different periods/societies.
Cause and consequence ·         Start to give reasons for/results of historical events, situations and changes.
Similarity/difference ·         Begin to understand and describe social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity in Britain and the wider world.
Significance of events/people ·         Begin to identify historically significant people and events in situations.

Upper KS2 Objectives

Area of study Objectives
Chronological knowledge/understanding ·         Continue to develop chronologically secure knowledge of history.

·         Establish clear narratives within and across periods studied.

·         Note connections, contrasts and trends over time.

Historical terms ·         Develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
Historical enquiry – Using evidence/communicating ideas. ·         Regularly address and create historically valid questions (based on ‘Historical Concepts’ section below).

·         Frequently use a range of sources to understand knowledge of the past.

·         Create informed responses to historical questions by selecting and organising relevant historical information.

Interpretations of history ·         Understand that different versions of the past may exist and give credible  reasons for this.
Historical concepts
Continuity and change ·         Describe/make links between main events, situations and changes within and across different periods/societies.
Cause and consequence ·         Identify and give reasons for/results of historical events, situations and changes.
Similarity/difference ·         Describe social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity in Britain and the wider world.
Significance of events/people ·         Identify numerous historically significant people and events in situations.

Local History

“Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.” DFE, September 2013.

In both year five and year three/four, the children have been learning about the local area of Seaham. Both classes went on a walk around the local area to talk about certain features. Below is a slideshow of their days.

Miss Luke’s Family Service

In the Autumn term, Miss Luke’s class were learning about Henry VIII and the Tudors. We were lucky enough to watch a fantastic family service based on this topic. Below are some of the photos.