At Danson, we have worked hard to make history an exciting and inspiring curriculum area. We teach history through our Creative Curriculum topics throughout the school, ensuring that we get to embed the learning fully through all topic areas.
To teach history effectively we look to teach and implement key skills throughout the topics. These skills cover vital knowledge and understanding that the children need as they develop their historical perceptions. The skills are divided into five sub areas:
Chronological understanding– This ensures the children understand that history is the study of the past and it makes sure that children are able to sequence events in date order. Children will also be taught the key dates of influential and important events from the period they are studying.
Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past - This focuses on the in-depth knowledge of a period in history. The children will learn about the different ways of life, be able to describe key events and examine the cause and effect of people’s actions within a particular period. Here they will also look at this in relation to the area we live in.
Historical Interpretation – Children will analyse the way the past is represented through different sources and assess the usefulness of these sources. They will confidently be able to research using information books, the internet and a library for secondary information. They will also have opportunities to compare sources of information too to find the most accurate.
Historical Enquiry - This is the use of evidence from a variety of sources to build up a picture of the past. The children will make deductions using both primary and secondary historical sources.
Organisation and Communication - This is the ability to recall, select and organise historical information. This ensure that children can present information using a variety of techniques such as drama, role play, models, ICT, writing and display.
In Key Stage 1 we cover:
· Changes in students’ lives through ‘Home Sweet Home’
· Changes in students’ lives through ‘The History of Transport’
· Significant Individuals through ‘Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole’
· Events beyond living memory through the’ Gunpowder Plot and Great Fire of London’
In Key Stage 2 we cover:
· Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age- through a local study of Ebbsfleet in Kent.
· The Roman Empire and more specifically their impact on Britain.
· Events beyond 1066 by studying the impact of WW2 on Britain.
· The Vikings and Anglo-Saxon struggle and their differences in beliefs.
· A local history study examining Welling.
· A chronological unit beyond 1066 focussing on the Tudors
· The changing power of people through a detailed study on Elizabeth I.
· The achievements of the earliest civilisations by looking at the Ancient Egyptians.
· The changing societies and the power of people through Nelson Mandela and the study of Apartheid.