The National Curriculum (2014) states,
“A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.”
With this in mind, we aim to make our curriculum relevant, current, creative, exciting and engaging. Lessons are planned to respond to current and important issues and are closely related to the real world making children’s learning purposeful and meaningful. They are motivated through engaging activities, trips, and visitors all of which give many opportunities for the children to question the past.
At Dore Primary our History is taught through our topics which are chosen by each year group to give a focus to the learning each half term. Our history curriculum is also explicitly linked to our whole school values and our social, moral, spiritual and cultural responsibilities. A link to a document setting out these links is below.
In Foundation stage and KS1, the historical skills will focus on the world around them and their living memory of History before moving to events that go beyond living history. In KS2, the History curriculum is set out in chronological order to allow children to reference the previous events in time and to refer to this prior learning year-on-year and within the year. The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following:
- Chronological Understanding
- Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
- Connection and Historical Links
- Interpretations of History
- Historical Enquiry
- Y2 Wattle and Daub
- Mrs Darming’s visit from 1665!
- Plague Medicine Making!In Y2 we have been learning about the plague in London in 1665, and comparing it to Covid-19. Did you know that people with the plague also had to isolate? They would put a red cross on their door. The medicines used were very different, children can you remember some of the strange things people […]
- Y5 Castleton Residential – WednesdayWednesday was walk day. The air was cooler, but the skies were still clear. As you can see from the photos, the views from Mam Tor were amazing. The walk also took in Peveril Castle, as part of our ‘Who Do We Think We Are? The Normans’ learning journey.
- Y5 Castleton Residential – TuesdayOn Tuesday morning, while some children went for a stroll and a paddle down Miller’s Dale, others completed the High Ropes challenges and obstacle course on site. In the afternoon some groups went caving, while others did the High Ropes then had a dip in the pond! Tuesday finished off with a toasted marshmallow around […]
- Y4 Roman MosaicsIn Art and Design, we discovered how the Romans liked to create mosaics to represent people, stories and make attractive patterns to decorate buildings and homes. We had a go at creating our own, and quickly found that cutting 100 ‘tessarae’, then painting them to fit our designs, was fiddly and time-consuming work. The effort […]
- Y4 Legendary Legionary DayAs a culmination of our learning about the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain, we held ‘Legendary Legionary’ day. Dressing and acting as legionaries (Roman soldiers), our ‘cohorts’ of troops rotated around a series of activities to help them prepare to invade Britannia. Children experienced military training – archery and javelin practice, shield designs […]
- Ancient Egyptian STEM in Year 3In recent weeks, the children in year 3 have been really getting stuck into a series of STEM projects (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as they investigate different aspects of ancient Egyptian life. Pyramid Angles We measured the angles that the Ancient Egyptians had built their pyramid and learnt how this affected the height and […]
- Y4 Roman RoadsTo support our understanding of Roman technologies in our ‘Legendary Legionaries’ learning journey, we researched Roman Roads in Britain. We found out that many of the roads we use today have been built on top of the original Roman Roads, and that the Romans developed the road system to help transport goods, and soldiers, across […]
- Battle of Hastings Comes to Y5Y5 immersed themselves in their new learning journey, “Who Do We Think We Are: The Normans”, last week, when they re-enacted the Battle of Hastings on the school field. The children were split into opposing armies and learnt about the ways the Anglo-Saxon and Norman Armies would have been organised. Members of Y5 assumed key […]
- Y3 to Weston Park MuseumIt was amazing to take the Year 3 children out on their second trip of the year. This time we took the double decker to Weston Park Museum. Here we got a special chance to meet not one but two Egyptian mummies which really helped us to understand more about the mummification process that we […]
- Y3 Celtic House BuildingAt the end of our ‘Mists of Time’ topic we have been learning about our Iron Age ancestors, the Celts. We have explored how they lived and the changes seen through their use of iron. We thought that the Celts seemed settled now when compared to the Stone Age hunter gatherers! Inspired by the evidence […]
- Year 3 – Philosophy for childrenY3H Norway too part in an excellect P4C session on Friday. We read Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson and discussed whether Cave Baby’s artistic creativity were naughty or inspired. We then related this to modern art and graffeti. The children came up with some excellent questions to discuss: Is graffiti mess or art? Is art […]
- Year 3 to Creswell CraggsIt was so lovely to be able to take the Year 3 children on a trip out of school. The double decker took us quickly to Creswell Craggs. We really got to understand our Mists of Time learning in context: with hippos, bears and hyenas living along side homo sapiens right here in Britain. We […]
- Y1 Making an astronauts’ breakfast!Last term, the children used their cooking skills to make porridge fit for an astronaut! They practised measuring, pouring and stirring. The toppings they used were all suitable for space, and were planned by the children themselves!
- Y4 Greek Chiton Sewing ProjectAs part of our Ancient Greek learning journey, we created chitons (a traditional Ancient Greek item of clothing) for our teddies. We started off practising how to use different sewing techniques – running stitch and back stitch – to create seams and hems on pieces of material. We sewed them into little bags. Then we […]
- The Great Fire of London
- Something happened in 1666….After creating our bakery posters for Mrs Darling, we attempted to send them back in the time machine to London in 1665. When we arrived at school in the morning, the posters were still there but they were burnt! When we had a closer look we found a page from someone’s diary (his name was […]
- London in 1665In Y2 we have been learning about the plague in London in 1665, and comparing it to Covid-19. Did you know that people with the plague also had to isolate? They would put a Red Cross on their door. The medicines used were very different, children can you remember some of the strange things people […]
- Y4 Legendary Legionaries (The Romans in Britain)As part of our learning about the Roman invasion of Britain, and how they changed life across their empire, we experienced Roman road making and arch building, were visited by Boudicca, queen of the Iceni, and spent the day as Roman soldiers training, cooking (flatbreads and dips from across the Empire) and camping. These activities […]