History


History

At Westcliff Primary Academy, we view History as a great deal more than learning facts.  We see it as an opportunity to develop skills of inquiry and questioning; to become open minded “historical detectives” and explore the past in an exciting way.  We aim to provide first hand experiences with role play, class visits, workshops and visiting experts playing an important part in all our topics.

We believe that it is vital for children to develop their long term memory of information and learning is most effective with spaced repetition. This involves the children developing their historical skills by introducing studies of a range of eras and time periods in Years 1,3 and 5 and returning to these topics in the following school years (Years 2, 4 and 6) to develop and deepen their understanding.

Within our exciting curriculum we have ‘WOW’ (World of Westcliff) sessions. These cover historical skills and objectives, encouraging the children to both revisit and investigate additional events, people and eras.


               

 

Year 1 and 2 Skills:

• Place events and artefacts in order on a timeline.

• Label timelines with words or phrases such as: past, present, older and newer.

• Recount changes that have occurred in their own lives.

• Use dates where appropriate.

• Observe or handle evidence to ask questions and find answers to questions about the past.

• Ask questions such as: What was it like for people? What happened? How long ago?

• Use artefacts, pictures, stories, online sources and databases to find out about the past.

• Identify some of the different ways the past has been represented.

• Describe historical events.

• Describe significant people from the past.

• Recognise that there are reasons why people in the past acted as they did

.• Use historical vocabulary to describe information about the past.

 

Year 3 and 4 Skills:

• Place events, artefacts and historical figures on a timeline using dates.

• Understand the concept of change over time, representing this, along with evidence, on a timeline.

• Use dates and terms to describe events.

• Observe or handle evidence to ask questions and find answers to questions about the past.

• Ask questions such as: What was it like for people? What happened? How long ago?

• Use artefacts, pictures, stories, online sources and databases to find out about the past.

• Identify some of the different ways the past has been represented.

• Describe changes that have happened in the locality of the school throughout history.

• Give a broad overview of life in Britain from ancient until medieval times.

• Compare some of the times studied with those of other areas of interest around the world.

• Describe the social, ethnic, cultural or religious diversity of past society.

• Describe the characteristic features of the past, including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children

• Use appropriate historical vocabulary to communicate including: dates, time period, era, change, chronology.

• Use literacy, numeracy and computing skills to a good standard in order to communicate information about the past.

 

Year 5 and 6 Skills:

• Describe the main changes in a period of history (using terms such as: social, religious, political, technological and cultural).

• Identify periods of rapid change in history and contrast them with times of relatively little change.

• Understand the concepts of continuity and change over time, representing them, along with evidence, on a timeline.

• Use dates and terms accurately in describing events.

• Use sources of evidence to deduce information about the past.

• Select suitable sources of evidence, giving reasons for choices.

• Use sources of information to form testable hypotheses about the past.

• Seek out and analyse a wide range of evidence in order to justify claims about the past.

• Show an awareness of the concept of propaganda and how historians must understand the social context of evidence studied.

• Understand that no single source of evidence gives the full answer to questions about the past.

• Refine lines of enquiry as appropriate.

• Identify continuity and change in the history of the locality of the school.

• Give a broad overview of life in Britain from medieval until the Tudor and Stuarts times.

• Compare some of the times studied with those of the other areas of interest around the world. 

• Describe the social, ethnic, cultural or religious diversity of past society.

• Describe the characteristic features of the past, including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children.

• Use appropriate historical vocabulary to communicate including: dates, time period, era, chronology, continuity, change, century, decade, legacy

• Use literacy, numeracy and computing skills to an exceptional standard in order to communicate information about the past.

• Use original ways to present information and ideas.

 

Westcliff History/Geography Cycle

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E9w54II9EgvE1qN3gRY1P-m0y-t6gEl6QeMzbnDiH8I/edit