September 23, 2017

History

CO-ORDINATOR MR L WILLIAMS

Across both key stages the children will be able to develop their knowledge as a whole whilst aiming to meet expected standards. They will also be given the opportunity to deepen their understanding which could enable them to develop mastery skills within their areas of study.

In key stage one, children will be learning about famous British explorers as well as lesser known local heroes. They will learn about great events in our history from the Battle of Trafalgar to the moon landing. They will also learn about objects and inventions from the past and how these things change and can change us.

The main focus in key stage one is to teach children about the passing of time and give them an understanding of chronology. We also want to encourage the children to begin to think about the use of evidence through providing different resources for them to study.

There is also a strong focus on locality in Key stage one as our area offers a rich and interesting history, from the first British flight to the home of one of our most celebrated female authors.

In key stage two there is a strong focus on chronology and a key period of British history is taught in each year from Stone Age man through to the Viking invasions. Alongside these topics the children will increase their knowledge of world history, studying ancient civilizations such as the Ancient Egyptians and the Mayans. An aspect of more modern history is covered in Year six during a topic about the Battle of Britain and Year five will do a local study on Aldershot and its military background.

In key stage two children are expected to build on the knowledge acquired in Key stage one and extend this in order to ‘think like historians.’ They will begin to analyse the validity of the sources provided and question the accepted versions of events through time. They should have a strong sense of chronology backed up by facts and dates of important periods through history.

To commemorate St Joseph’s 150 anniversary the school will be holding a ‘Victorian day.’ This will give the children the opportunity to experience what school was like for children when the school was first built.

 

Updated September 2017