History

At St Albert’s Primary School, the History Curriculum develops children’s knowledge of historical periods, events and significant individuals. Children learn key facts and concepts alongside skills such as chronological understanding, how to analyse and evaluate historical evidence, how to empathise with people from different eras and how to compare and contrast life in different periods. History is taught through the ‘Lancs’ Scheme, which is a  cross curricular approach, with History being the main driver topic for specified topics.

  • EYFS/Rec- taught through ‘Understanding the World’ 
  • Year 1 –Great Fire of London, Family Album (Family History and Monarchy) Family Album (History of Toys)
  • Year 2 – Place Where I Live (Local History) Explorers (Christopher Columbus), Bucket and Spades   (Victorians)
  • Year 3 – There’s No Place Like Home (Local History, Liverpool) , Rock and Roll (Pre-historic Britain), What the Romans Did (Roman Britain)
  • Year 4 – The Great Plague , Tudors,  Water Water (Ancient Egyptians) ,
  • Year 5 – The UK (Anglo Saxons ),Inventors and Inventions (Islamic Golden Age), Ancient Civilizations (Ancient Greeks)
  • Year 6 – London and Liverpool (World War), Super Sleuth (Anglo Saxons and Vikings)Seaside (Victorians) 

Children’s historical learning in Key Stage One starts with the familiar: their own pasts and those of their families and the Royal Family. As children’s learning travels further back in time, History is brought to life through visits, storytelling and re-enactments to help to fire the children’s imaginations and enable them to empathise with the lives of others  in different eras. At the end of Year 2, children learn about Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and the Victorians which act as a launch pad into investigating how our understanding of the past has been constructed.

In Key Stage Two, the story of Britain is interwoven with studies of ancient civilizations. Children explore concepts of, empire, civilization, continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance. Chronology is immersed throughout the topics and trips to Liverpool, Chester and London help develop the children’s understanding of life in Britain in different eras. Studies of the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and the Islamic age are supported by visits to the museums and various media and artefacts.

We study whole school History topics and this year we will be looking at Liverpool’s role in Slavery, Black History Month and the VE Celebrations.  Previous topics in History have included Shakespeare, China (which coincided with the Terracotta Army visit to Liverpool) and Queen Victoria 200th Anniversary. The whole school study provides the children with additional relevant history topics and, as it is approach through a whole school focus, many opportunities for shared or joint learning to take place.

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