History

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”

Theodore Roosevelt

History at Deepdene offers opportunities for pupils to:

  • Learn about the past in Britain and the wider world
  • Consider how the past influences the present
  • Develop a chronological understanding
  • Use evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions
  • Study interpretations of the past developing a healthy critical awareness and wariness of absolute truths
  • Research, sift through evidence & argue a point of view
  • Develop powers of communication – both written & oral
  • See the diversity of human experience and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society
  • Find out about what past societies were like, how these societies organised themselves, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions

Objectives/attainment targets In history, pupils acquire and apply knowledge, skills & understanding in five main areas:

  • Chronological understanding
  • Knowledge & understanding
  • Historical interpretation
  • Historical enquiry
  • Organisation & communication

The Delivery of History

In lessons we aim to cover a variety of teaching modes, using cross-curricular activities. Variety makes the lessons more stimulating & generally adds to the enjoyment of the subject. It may be that we take part in an excavation, becoming Egyptologists or carve arrow heads during our Stone Age Activity Day. History is about active thinking!

Outline of Content

Key Stage 1 During key stage 1 pupils learn about significant individuals and events in the history of Britain. Individuals studied include Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Rosa Parks. The children are visited by some of these characters in their own classrooms so that they can ask questions for themselves. When studying The Great Fire of London, the children visit a local fire station so that they can compare old and new ways of firefighting.
Year 3

Stone Age to Bronze Age Britain

Invaders and Settlers – Celts and Romans in Britain

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Britain

Year 4

Ancient Egypt

The Tudors

The Victorians

Year 5

The Aztecs

Industrial Revolution

World War Two

Year 6

Ancient Greece

Tudor Exploration

Britain since 1948

Extra-curricular Activities To support the taught curriculum, we arrange a range of trips. Over recent years we have visited Hever Castle, Preston Manor, Butser Ancient Farm, Fishbourne Roman Palace and several of the local museums.

Fishbourne Roman Palace: Year 3 took part in a Roman lesson at Fishbourne Roman Palace. They also had the chance to visit the museum, view the beautiful mosaics and design their own mosaic.

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Battle: Year 3 visited the site of The Battle of Hastings to find out more about the battle and re-enact what happened. This really brings it to life for them and becomes unforgettable.

Above all, pupils are encouraged to develop an enthusiasm for the subject and a love of learning. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past

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