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At Wisborough Green Primary School we know that History is a subject that sparks the curiosity and excitement of many of our pupils, and so we use it as a driver for many of our cross-curricular topics – from early changes in Stone-Age to Iron-Age Britain and other influential civilisations such as the Ancient Greeks and Romans, all the way to the adventures and contributions of people such as Nelson, Shackleton, Mandela and even children’s own grandparents. Learning is immersive and brought to life for the pupils, through local knowledge, enquiry and hands-on discovery. By learning about Britain’s past as well as the wider world, pupils become historians through:

  • Asking and answering questions
  • Considering evidence
  • Comparing different periods
  • Using historical sources
  • Using historical vocabulary
  • Developing an understanding of chronology.

These historical skills help them to develop their own understanding of the past and how it has helped to form their present and even their future.

Our whole-school themes taught on a two-year rolling programme provide opportunities to revisit and reinforce previous learning and to identify key objectives of the curriculum, such as trends, continuities and change. By gradually studying key concepts in more depth and linking the topics together, we aim to reinforce learning in a way that creates a ‘bigger picture’ rather than a list of isolated facts.

Every child at Wisborough Green studies five units of history at each phase to build a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

 

Time Riders

Extreme Survival

Your Majesty

Far Away and

Long Ago

Ingenious Engineering

Wild Wisborough

Key Stage 1

Significant events and individuals: Space explorers

Events beyond living memory; significant individuals: Shackleton’s expedition to the South Pole

Significant individuals: Queen Elizabeth II

People and places in their own locality: Arundel Castle and St Mary Magdalene’s Church

 

Own locality: St Peter ad Vincula Church

Lower Key Stage 2

Changes in Britain: Stone Age to Iron Age

 

A thematic study: the changing power of monarchs

Impact of the Roman Empire

Achievements of the earliest civilisations: Ancient Egypt

Local history study: Wisborough Green Primary School

Upper Key Stage 2

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

 

A contrasting non-European society: Benin

Ancient Greece

A focus study of British history: the Titanic

Local area study



 

 

If you want to explore any of this History learning more at home, check out the fun-filled links below!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/factual/history

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z7svr82

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/history/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

https://www.historyforkids.net/

See below galleries, where children have taken part in different historical activities to support their learning.

Anglo-Saxon and Viking day

Archaeological dig

Historical visit

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