History at Sutton Veny
We believe that every child has the right to receive a high-quality History education. We ensure that our curriculum is broad, balanced and interesting so that the children enjoy developing their knowledge, skills and understanding as a Historian.
Our History Curriculum is organised into topics for each year group. These follow the year by year programmes of study outlined in the national curriculum. The topics are planned to ensure that children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Historical visits, visitors, topic days and themed weeks are also organised throughout the year to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. We work together as a staff to ensure that our History curriculum provides continuity and progression throughout the school.
Much of the work in History is of a practical nature and the children are given every opportunity to develop the skills to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Throughout the year, the children will 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. As they do this, the children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.
All of the children have a History book and this is where they record their work. The children take great care in these books and they are passed on to the next class. These books demonstrate the level of each child’s achievement and the progress they have made. When they are full they take them home to keep and share with their family.
In every topic the children are encouraged to use technical terminology accurately and precisely. This historical vocabulary is displayed in every classroom.
At Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and2) the following topics covered are: The History of Toys, A Significant Individual of the Past, The Great Fire of London and Communication throughout the Ages. The children also carry out a Local Area Study.
At Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) the following topics covered are: The Stone Age to the Iron Age, Ancient Egypt and The Romans. The children also carry out a Chronological Study.
At Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) the following topics covered are: Anglo-Saxons and the Scots, Vikings, Ancient Greeks and The Mayans and Aztecs.
To find out more about the current topic each year group is studying, and the content, please visit each class page.