At St. Augustine’s we believe that every child is entitled to a high quality history education which will help pupils gain coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the world. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about about the past. We seek to help pupils to understand people’s lives and societies and the process of change as well as the challenges of their time. We aim to provide a highly motivating and stimulating curriculum which encourages children to ask questions, be independent learners, collaborate and be aspirational.
At St. Augustine’s we ensure that our History lessons are fully aligned to the National Curriculum. Our main topic themes are driven by key questions to ensure that key knowledge is taught and time is given for children to recall this knowledge through answering these key questions. There is an emphasis on vocabulary, in every lesson so pupils are clear of the meanings of technical vocabulary they are learning about, which they are then able to apply in other areas of the curriculum. Ongoing feedback is used in lessons to ensure pupils are aware of their own progress, strengths and areas for development. A quiz is administered at the end of each topic to judge how much knowledge pupils have remembered.
Our Journey in History
The pupils will start in year 1 by exploring heroes in today’s society. This will lead to the study of History heroes Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. Having explored the concept of change within nursing they will then look at change within living memory with a focus on ‘The Queen’ and explore how her life as a child is different to theirs. They will explore the most important changes that have happened in her lifetime. Through looking at where the Queen lives, the children will learn about London and a significant event that took place in London in the past. They will develop their knowledge of the past through the story of The Great Fire of London.
In Year 2, pupils will study a variety of modes of transport and explore the strong link to Coventry e.g. Daimler, Rolls Royce etc. They will look at Sir Frank Whittle who was a local person of significance in relation to Air travel. The various modes of transport will be placed on a timeline so that children will develop their chronological understanding of how people travelled around the world in the past and will be able to compare this to now. They will use the theme of transport to `look at the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to National and international achievements, e.g. Christopher Columbus.
In KS2 children will start their chronological journey through history establishing clear narratives between periods studied. In year 3 they will compare the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age considering how life differed between these three periods of time before deciding which was the best period to have lived in. Children will then move on to study the achievements of an ancient civilisation – Ancient Egypt. They will study a range of sources to discover what they can learn about life in Ancient Egypt. They will compare the pharaohs who reigned and try to discover why some were remembered as great pharaohs.
In Year 4, children will build on their knowledge of Ancient Civilisations and move to study Ancient Greece. They will study a variety of sources to help teach them what life was like for the Ancient Greeks. Children will study the achievements of the Greek and gather their own conclusions on the legacy they have left behind in today’s world. Through a study of the Roman Empire, children will build on the knowledge taught in year 3, where they discovered how the Egyptian Empire was lost to the Romans. They will study how the Roman Empire kept growing and why they were envied by so many.
After studying history from other parts of the world, in previous years, in year 5, children will move to focus on Britain’s settlements by the Anglo Saxons. They will consider why they chose to settle in Britain, where they settled and think about their daily life. Children will examine how the Vikings invaded Anglo Saxon settlements, considering how and why they did this. They will explore the leaders of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings, considering who was the most successful and why. Children will complete an in-depth local history study of Coventry. They will develop their understanding of chronology through their study of local history reflecting on key periods, including medieval, early modern, 19th century and the 20th century.
In year 6, children will examine the changing powers of the monarchy finding evidence to support who they would award the Best Monarch. Children will study a significant turning point in history – The Battle of Britain – identifying the causes that led to the outbreak of WW2 in the years before and the consequences that then followed as a result. They will examine a variety of sources to help them arrive at judgments as to why Britain needed to win ‘The Battle of Britain’. They will consider the impact war had in our local area and other areas in the UK. Before considering the dramatic impact war had on the life of the Jews.
The impact of our history curriculum will be seen through children’s work and their ability to recall and remember key knowledge and vocabulary.