At Half Acres our study of History aims to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past, both of Britain and the world and understand how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Pupils are encouraged to think like historians and there is a strong emphasis on developing skills including historical enquiry. There is a strong emphasis on developing children’s understanding of chronology, interpretations of evidence, changes within a time and across time periods and cause and consequence.
In Key Stage 1 the children begin to ask and answer questions and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in the past. Events both within living memory and beyond this are studied including Bonfire Night and the Great Fire of London. They will learn about a range of historical figures including Grace Darling, Neil Armstrong and The Wright Brothers. They also study and compare changes in toys and in seaside holidays over time.
Key Stage 2 will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British and world history. They will be taught about:
▪ Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
▪ Ancient Egypt
▪ Ancient Greece
▪ The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain including the locality
▪ Britain’s settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots
▪ The Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England
▪ Mayan Civilisation
In Key Stage One, our geography curriculum aims to develop the children’s knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. Learning about physical and human features of places is central. Another key aspect is using world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, oceans, continents and other countries studied. Pupils begin to use simple compass directions to identify places on a map, aerial photos to recognise landmarks and study the geography of our school and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. The children learn about the weather.
In Key Stage Two, the children will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied. In order to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world, they use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key – including the use of Ordnance Survey maps. Fieldwork is used to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using maps, plans, graphs, sketch maps and digital technologies.