History

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future”

Theodore Roosevelt

History at Edward Worlledge is taught in units of work that follow the National Curriculum, wherever possible cross curricular links are fostered, allowing pupils to learn in a cohesive manner. A sense of chronology is developed as pupils move throughout the academy. Pupils in Year 3 currently study prehistory investigating the Stone Age to Bronze Age and by upper key stage 2 pupils begin to investigate cross phase units of work such as “War” in Year 6.

Our aim at Edward Worlledge is to make history come alive, to allow our pupils to tell the stories of the past and to imagine what it would be like to walk in the footsteps of the people of the past, whether it be a Roman Emperor or a soldier in a World War One trench. Our local heritage is important to us, we have worked towards and achieved the English Heritage Award and have demonstrated our commitment to preserving our local history. Year 5 research the history our school / academy, using a wide range of sources including photographs, newspaper reports and oral evidence collected from interviewing former pupils. They also visit local archives to investigate the history of Edward Worlledge. History provides pupils with a sense of identity, value and culture. It enables pupils to ask questions, to find solutions and to make decisions and judgements based on the evidence that they examine. These are important skills for life.

Our academy was lucky enough to be chosen to attend the “Stories of the Sea” project run by the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth in conjunction with the Royal Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Pupils have attended workshops in Years 3, 4 and 5 where they have met pirates and explorers and have been inspired to write their own poems and stories of the sea. A group of pupils were also able to visit the Maritime Museum London as a reward for their hard work and commitment to the project. All year groups aim to make History engaging. Year groups frequently participate in History days where they are encouraged to dress in role as an Egyptian or a Roman. Pupils will meet characters from the era they are learning about, have opportunities to handle and make objects, play games, complete calculations, solve challenges and participate in role play. Pupils also visit the local museums to undertake workshops and to examine artefacts from the past. Year 6 recently enjoyed a visit to the Imperial War Museum in London to see the First World War exhibition and galleries.

Curriculum overview – History

In Key Stage 1, the academy brings history to life. Children focus on developing an awareness of the past, developing their knowledge of common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Children discover where people and events of historical importance fir within history and consider the similarities and difference between ways of life. They explore events beyond living memory, for example the Great Fire of London, through interactive and engaging lessons as well as exploring significant individuals such as Florence Nightingale. We strive to make history both relevant and engaging, ensuring children learn outside of the classroom through carefully planned visits to local museums including the Time and Tide Museum, Tolhouse and Elizabethan Museum.

Pupils are encouraged to look at BBC Bitesize to research, discover information and have a go at some fun and interesting activities linking in with their current studies. To access the site – click the picture above.

 

Year group Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 3 Prehistoric Britain
Visit to Time and Tide – Stone Age, Iron Age, Bronze Age workshop.
C/C First World War Remembrance Day, taught via English lessons.
Local stories examined.
Ancient Egypt Ancient Egypt
Egypt Day.
Year 4 The Romans
Roman Day.
The Romans
Time and Tide workshop.
Burgh Castle.
Anglo-Saxons
Anglo Saxon Day.
Vikings
Year 5 Strangers Hall visit.
Explorers – Stories of the Sea workshop
Crime and Punishment
Tolhouse visit.
Ancient Greece Local History – The Story of Our School, Edward Worlledge.
Year 6 War – First and Second World Wars
Evacuation day – museum visit.
Local impact Second World War.
War
Imperial War Museum – London, visit.
Early Islamic State