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HISTORY

HISTORY CURRICULUM

At South Lee, we believe that an understanding of history and their position within British and world history, is vital for our children’s’ development. It is our goal that they should develop a sense of chronology and time and an understanding of how people lived in the past. They should also have an awareness of life in different societies or cultures and knowledge of how beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. We will teach them to have an understanding of cause and effect such as how events in history have changed our lives or affected the way in which we live as well as an understanding of how historical events and people have influenced our lives today. We will enhance their awareness of significant events and people in British and world history and expand their knowledge of local, national and international historical events. We will teach them the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and presentation. 


Pre-Prep 

Year 1 

Key Skills Include: 

  • Place events and objects in chronological order. 

  • Compare how people’s needs, objects and lifestyles change over time and use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.  

  • Ask and answer questions about past events and historical figures. 

  • Describe and make observations using photographs, diary entries and historical artefacts to find out about the past and to compare past and present. 


Topics Include: 

  • Farming/Harvest 

  • Where I Live 

  • The Toy Box 

  • Life in Great Grandma’s Time 

 

Year 2 

Key Skills Include: 

  • Use simple evidence and artefacts to gain information about the past  

  • Make comparisons between events/artefacts from the past and today  

  • Stimulate enquiry skills and be able to respond to and answer a range of open and closed questions  

  • Recognise ways the past is represented  

  • Recognise why people did things, why events happened and what happened as a result  

  • Use a range of common words and phrases relating to the passing to time. (Before, after, a long time ago, grandparents’ time, parents’ time, past)  

  • Use stories, eye-witness accounts, pictures, and photographs to find out about the past  

  • Recognise that events in the past can be recorded in different ways. 


Topics Include: 

  • Ancient Egyptians 

  • British Isles 

  • Ancient Greeks 

  • Journey to Australia 


Year 3 

Key Skills Include: 

  • Place events in chronological order and know how a country has changed through history.  

  • Use historical vocabulary to make connections and contrasts between different events in history.  

  • Ask and answer historical questions about the past.  

  • Use a range of different sources to explore and answer questions about the past. 


Topics Include: 

  • Romans 

  • Anglo Saxons 

  • Vikings 

  • Normans 

  • Castles 

Prep 

Year 4 

Key Skills Include: 

  • Place events in world history in chronological order.  

  • Use a widening historical vocabulary to make connections and contrasts between different events in world history.  

  • Ask their own historical questions about the past.  

  • Use a range of different sources to explore and answer questions about the past and understand the difference between primary and secondary sources, making judgements on the differing sources.  

  • Understand the importance of historical enquiry and develop research skills.  

  • Understand how events can be viewed differently from different historical perspectives. 


Topics Include: 

  • World War II 

  • History of Medicine  

  • British History Heroes 


Year 5 

Key Skills Include: 

  • Compare different sources to make judgements about the past and develop an understanding of the difference between fact and opinion.  

  • Develop an understanding of change and continuity in history.  

  • Place an increasing range of events in chronological order.  

  • Use a widening historical vocabulary to make connections and contrasts between different events in British history.  

  • Use a range of different sources to explore and answer questions about the past and understand the difference between primary and secondary sources, making judgements on the differing sources.  

  • Understand the importance of historical enquiry and develop research skills.  

  • Understand how events can be viewed differently from different historical perspectives and how values and beliefs changed over time. 


Topics Include: 

  • Ancient China 

  • The Victorians 

  • Explorers  

  • The Aztecs 


Year 6 

Key Skills Include: 

  • Use a range of historical evidence to understand the past, focussing on use of written source material and be able to interpret and evaluate it effectively.  

  • Develop an understanding of change and continuity in history.  

  • Place an increasing range of events in chronological order.  

  • Use a widening historical vocabulary to make connections and contrasts between different events in history.  

  • Understand the importance of historical enquiry and develop research skills.  

  • Understand how events can be viewed differently from different historical perspectives and how values and beliefs changed over time. 


Topics Include: 

Medieval Realms: Britain 1066-1485, including: 

  • 1066 (claimants to the throne, the Battle of Hastings)  

  • William the Conqueror and the Normans  

  • Henry II and the restoration of law and order  

  • The Church  

  • Thomas a Becket  

  • The Third Crusade  

  • The Wars of the Roses  

  • Richard III  

  • The Battle of Bosworth  

  • The Princes in the Tower  

  • Henry VIII  

  • The Monasteries 

  • King John  

  • The Magna Carta 


Year 7 

Key Skills Include: 

  • Have a strong understanding of chronology.  

  • Understand the causes and consequences of historical events.  

  • Be able to describe the differences between ways of life at different times.  

  • Be able to interpret a variety of different sources of evidence through comprehension, corroboration by cross-referencing sources, the evaluation of sources for utility, deduction and interpretation.  

  • Be able to construct an historical argument both orally and in written form, using evidence to support statements and showing a good understanding of the different opinions and the difference between fact and opinion.  

  • Carry out an historical enquiry, using a range of sources.  

  • Be able to organise, analyse and communicate, using the appropriate historical vocabulary 


Topics Include: 

The Making of the United Kingdom: 1485-1750, including: 

  • Tudor / Elizabethan era 

  • Stuarts - James I / Gunpowder Plot / Charles 1 

  • English Civil War / Plague / Great Fire of London / Charles II 


Year 8 

Key Skills Include: 

  • Have a strong understanding of chronology.  

  • Understand the causes and consequences of historical events.  

  • Be able to describe the differences between ways of life at different times.  

  • Be able to interpret a variety of different sources of evidence through comprehension, corroboration by cross-referencing sources, the evaluation of sources for utility, deduction and interpretation.  

  • Be able to construct an historical argument both orally and in written form, using evidence to support statements and showing a good understanding of the different opinions and the difference between fact and opinion.  

  • Carry out an historical enquiry, using a range of sources.  

  • Be able to organise, analyse and communicate, using the appropriate historical vocabulary 


Topics Include: 

Britain and the Empire: 1750-1914, including: 

  • 7 Years War / Causes of the American Wars of Independence 

  • Wars of Independence / French Revolution 

  • Napoleonic Wars - Trafalgar & Waterloo