History and the study of the past plays a pivotal role in the Southfield curriculum. As we strongly believe that children make meaning and sense of the world through story we use this medium to foster a love of the past and how significant people have contributed to the world. The History Curriculum develops children’s knowledge of historical periods, events and significant individuals. Children learn key facts and concepts alongside skills such as chronological understanding, how to analyse and evaluate historical evidence, how to empathise with people from different eras and how to compare and contrast life in different periods.
Year 1 – Toys from the Past and Great Fire of London
Year 2 – Ancient Egyptians
Year 3 – Prehistoric Britain, Roman Britain and the Vikings
Year 4 – The Victorians
Year 5 – The Tudors and Ancient Greece
Year 6 – World War II
Children’s historical learning in Key Stage One starts with the familiar: their own pasts and those of their families and the history of toys. As children’s learning travels further back in time, History is brought to life through a Great Fire of London walk and trips to the toy Museum. These help to fire the children’s imaginations and enable them to empathise with the lives of children in different eras. At the end of Year 2, children learn about the ancient Egyptian civilisation.
In Key Stage Two, the story of Britain is interwoven with studies of ancient civilisations. Children explore concepts of migration, empire, civilisation, continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance. Immersive role-play experiences on trips to the Cabinet War Rooms, the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Gunnersbury Victorian Museum. History days punctuate and contextualise the curriculum where children immerse themselves with
period artefacts and drama to foster a strong understanding of historiography. develop children’s understanding of life in Britain in different eras. Studies of ancient civilisations of Rome, Egypt, and Greece are supported by visits to the British and London museums. Children express their learning through drama, art, discussion and writing.
The Classical World
To further enrich the study of the ancient worlds, children in Year 3 discover and learn Latin through the exciting Minimus scheme which charts a famous mouse’s adventure through the Roman Empire. Children get to grips with the basics of Latin exploiting opportunities for links between grammar and spelling in English whilst developing a tantalising sense of the value of a beautiful language replete with beauty and flavour as the bedrock of modern European languages.
Similarly, Year 5 have the opportunity to learn basic Greek through an exciting programme called Mega Greek. Through a study of Ancient Greece children are able to reflect and place in context the wonders of the ancient worlds and exploit many opportunities to gain an understanding of the etymology of many English words.