At Stephen Freeman School, we believe in a creative curriculum that offers children the opportunity to study their topics through more cross-curricular planning and activities. In doing this, we are able to create a more personalised curriculum and encouraging a lifelong love of learning.
Our History curriculum is designed to enthuse, impart knowledge, and allow for the growth of enquiry skills across children’s time within the school. We organise our curriculum into termly/half-termly units, centered around civilisations or significant events, allowing children to become experts in each topic they study. We make use of workshops and trips out in the local area to deepen children’s experiences further.
In Key Stage 1 children are instantly engaged by the exciting topics they study, such as Moon Zoom and Great Fire of London. Children are taught simple vocabulary to begin ordering events chronologically and study significant historical figures. They are introduced to primary sources and consider how daily life has changed over time. They study artefacts, models and images to discover clues about the past, including looking areas in our locality. They also study changes within their living memory. Please click here to see how our topics link to the National Curriculum.
In Key Stage 2 pupils build on and expand on their previous knowledge. They further develop their knowledge of chronology of the United Kingdom and the wider world. They study engaging topics such as Romans Rock and Ancient Egypt. Children are encouraged to begin thinking critically about sources of information and their veracity. They use timelines to show understanding of significant events. Children learn tier 2 and 3 vocabulary to go alongside each topic, so they are empowered to discuss historical events and figures accurately, confidently and with enthusiasm. Please click here to see how our topics link to the National Curriculum.
Supporting your child with History
- Discussing your child’s current topic with them, asking what they have learned so far and doing further research together at home.
- Visiting significant places in the locality to tie in with their topic.
- Engage with the historical tasks on the home learning menus each term.