Welcome to our History page
At St. Josephs our aim is to teach children the impact past events have had on our lives, in line with the National Curriculum. We aim to provide a challenging and engaging curriculum that allows children to think and reflect on events, people and times in the past and how they have affected our lives today.
As a Catholic school, we provide opportunities for our children to become critical thinkers, advocates for
change and responsible global citizens.
The curriculum has been designed around the requirements of the National Curriculum and to meet the
identified needs of the children.
We spend a lot of time selecting and then adopting high quality schemes for teaching and learning. We do
so in collaboration with external experts to ensure that the curriculum is sequenced in a logical and
consistent manner and is progressive.
The result is a curriculum which is ambitious for all children and which ensures that appropriate support
and challenge is built into all lessons.
Wrapping around the curriculum, and of great importance, is a programme of carefully planned
enrichment opportunities in which the children engage to broaden their social and cultural awareness.
History In Early Years
In the Early Years the children are developing their understanding of the world by looking closely at similarities, differences and changes over time. They do this through play and exploration as well as well planned circle times to understand what growth, decay and changes overtime. This helps the children talk about things and how they work.
History in Year Two
The Great Fire of London
In Year Two the children have been learning all about The Great Fire of London In 1666. The children have made projects at home which can be seen in the pictures, these are all on the Great Fire of London and have helped to enrich their learning- Thank you to all the parents who have supported their child'd learning at home.
Year Two also went on a school trip to Staircase House to learn all about what happened and why. The children got to act out the story in the role of Samuel Pepys's and King Charles the second. They also learnt about fire marks and what would happen if people could not afford them in 1666. The children got to make a wall out of wattle and daub to understand further why the fire spread.
In Year Three they have started their new topic on Ancient Greece, they have started to gain an Understanding of early History from Stone Age to Greeks and understand where Greeks fit into British History.This will enable them to place more events in chronological order and be able to research about the past.
The Stone Age
During the Autumn term the Year Three children were researching what happened in the Stone Age and how this has impacted on Britain now. The children looked at the Bronze Age and the Iron Age to develop their understanding of the past.
The pictures above show some of their amazing homework projects that they have done alongside parents to enrich their learning. The displays show clear timeline of the chronological order of the past to support the children's understanding and learning.
In Year Three they are learning about Ancient Greece, they are learning to recognise the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians , as well as the beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians and understanding the life of an Egyptian.
In Year 5 they have started researching the Anglo Saxons, they have been looking at ordering event chronologically and have started their research into the Anglo Saxons.
World War Two
In Year Six they have started their new topic on World War Two, they are learning to place events, people and changes of British, local & world history, on a timeline, using appropriate dates/chronological conventions eg. BC, BCE & AD.
Tell the story of events within and across the time periods studied.
Discuss trends over time and see the relationship between different periods and the legacy or impacts for them and their identity.
Explain that the past can be represented or interpreted in many different ways.
Carefully select relevant historical information, considering different viewpoints or thinking about possible bias.
Know how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
Carefully select and organise relevant historical information from a range of historical sources of information.
Use key historical terms in structured, informed, written responses or descriptions of the main features of past societies and periods eg. Century, decade
Homework projects across the school
Women who made History