Montrose School

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 History book

 History 

The history curriculum aims to help pupils gain a clear knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Pupils are encouraged to understand historical concepts, ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.  Through writing, art, drama, role play and other activities pupils will learn about significant aspects of both Britain and the wider world considering; the history of Britain as a chronological narrative,  the nature of ancient civilisations and the expansion and dissolution of empires.

In Key stage 1 pupils will develop an awareness of the past, using a wide historical vocabulary, through stories and examining significant people and events.

Year 1

Year 2

Pupils are taught about:

Changes within living memory. Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally and globally. The lives of significant individuals from the past who have contributed to national and international achievement.  

Through the topics of:

Great fire of London, Richard III, Remembrance Day, Toys past and present. Explorers; Robert Falcon Scot, Christopher Columbus, Tim Peake, Neil Armstrong.

 Pupils are taught about:

Changes within living memory. Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally and globally. The lives of significant individuals from the past who have contributed to national and international achievement.  

Through the topics of:

The Great Plague, Household and technology, Castles, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.

 

 

In Key Stage 2 pupils will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They will use historical terms, address and devise questions and use a range of sources to examine how our knowledge of the past is constructed.

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Changes  in Britain from the Stone age to Iron age

  • Late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers, Skara Brae
  • Iron Age hill forts: tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture 

 

 

The achievements of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation

  • Exploring how archaeology helps us to build a picture of the past; the story of Howard Carter
  • A study of Egyptian society and culture including a trip to the New Walk museum

 

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to 1066

  • Viking raids and invasion
  •  Further Viking invasion and Dane law
  • Resistance by Alfred the Great
  • Viking stories and legends  
  • Local history - place names

Including a Viking workshop day

 

Ancient Greece and its influence on the Western world

  • Development of democracy
  • The organisation of society
  • Ancient Greek art, culture and sport

 

 

 

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

  • Successful invasion and conquest of Britain
  • "Romanisation of Britain" and the impact of technology, culture and belief
  • Local history - Investigating local links with a trip to Jewry Wall in Leicester 

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

  • Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms: place names and village life
  • Anglo-Saxon art and culture

 

 

A non-European society to provide contrast with British history: A study of the Mayan civilisation AD900

  • The organisation of society and city states
  • Mayan religion and beliefs 
  • The decline of Mayan civilisation 

 

A study of an aspect or theme beyond 1066:

British conflict since 1900

  • Causes and impact of World War One and two
  • Key battles
  • Impact on everyday life at home

Includes a local trip to The Victory Show;      re-enactments and weapons 

 

Local history will be taught in most year groups through specific studies or as part of their topics. Pupils will have opportunities to take part in visits and workshops that will enhance their understanding and enjoyment of topics.