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 subject for specified topics.
- EYFS/Rec – Taught through ‘Understanding the World’
- Year 1 – The Great Fire of London, Family Album (Family History and The Monarchy) and Robots (The history of Toys)
- Year 2 – The Place Where I Live (Local History of Stockbridge Village), Explorers, Bucket and Spades (Comparing the Seaside from the Victorian era onwards)
- Year 3 – There’s No Place Like Home (Local History of Liverpool), Rock and Roll (Pre-historic Britain), What the Romans Did (Roman Britain)
- Year 4 – The Great Plague, The Tudors, Water Water (Ancient Egypt)
- Year 5 – The United Kingdom (Anglo Saxons), Inventors and Inventions (Islamic Golden Age), Ancient Civilizations (Ancient Greece)
- Year 6 – War and Conflict in Britain (World War 2), Super Sleuth (Anglo Saxons and Vikings) Seaside (The Victorian Age – Events in British History from 1837-1901)
Children’s historical learning in Key Stage One starts with the familiar: their past, the past of their own families and the Royal Family. As children’s learning travels further back in time, History is brought to life. This is done 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. In Year 2, children learn about famous explorers, such as Amelia Earhart and Christopher Columbus, as well as the Victorians, which acts 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 the concept 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, various media sources and artefacts.
We have whole school History focuses, such as Black History Month, Remembrance Day and Shakespeare. Previous topics have focused upon Liverpool’s role in the slave trade, the VE Celebrations, China (which coincided with the Terracotta Army visiting Liverpool) and Queen Victoria’s 200th Anniversary. The whole school focuses provide the children with additional, relevant history topics, as well as many opportunities for shared or joint learning to take place.