At St. Andrew’s we hope to use History to help pupils understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies throughout time. By studying these, children will begin to form their own identity and understand the challenges of their time.
The teaching of History will inspire pupils to want to learn more about the past and should be used as a stimulus for cross curricular learning. Skills which children should develop when studying History include: asking perceptive questions, thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments and developing perspective and judgement. All children will be equipped with a chronological narrative of history from the earliest times to the present day.
If parents would like to encourage their child’s development of historical knowledge, there are many free museums in Hull’s Old Town which can be visited. Also, a trip to a local library can open up a world of History books for your child to enjoy.
At St. Andrew’s, the teaching of history is organised in a number of ways: it can be
integrated as part of a year groups termly topic, taught in a focused history lesson or taught within other subject areas (in particular as part of Literacy, ICT, Art and D.T).
Children are encouraged to record their work in a variety of ways. The may use a form of writing such as recount, narrative or non chronological reports. They are encouraged to make charts or graphs, produce art work or D.T projects, use ICT or record discussions or songs, participate in role play, acting out events from the past. They may take part in debates, interviews or discussions all based around history topics.
Children are given the opportunity to use a wide range of primary and secondary sources. These can include books, pictures, paintings, artefacts, maps, ipads or other ICT equipment and oral evidence collected from visitors. Topic boxes are kept in the research room, these are filled with resources to simulate lessons.
Classes are encouraged to make trips to historical sites and museums to see for themselves primary sources and inspire further interest and learning.
Children’s work in History is often displayed around the school.
Going for Gold!
To be Gold in History:
- Children need to demonstrate a clear understanding of the past and be able to, at an age-appropriate level.
- Children need to consider different types of evidence and how these impact on what historians think.
- Children also need to use and apply maths skills to create chronology in their understanding and compare dates and periods.
- I know how to put a few events/objects in order of when they happened.
- I can use a timeline to place events which I have found out about. (This can be for different time periods learnt in previous years or for a time period you are studying)
- I can look at objects from the past and ask ’What were they used for?’
- I can chose reliable sources of evidence. (Ask how do we know they are reliable?)
- I have looked at two different versions of the same event and identified differences in the account. (For example a Viking warrior and an Anglo-Saxon villagers view on a raid).
- I understand that it is important to know that some evidence from the past/present is propaganda/opinion or misinformation and that this affects interpretations of History. (For example British / German newspaper articles about the Blitz in WW2).
- Give own reasons as to why changes may have occurred in a time period / across time periods.
- I can describe how some of the things in the past affect life today. (e.g. Stone Age people beginning to live in communities and develop farming techniques).
- I can present my findings about the past in a number of ways: using writing, maths ICT, drama or art.
Here are just some of the fantastic examples of history homework from throughout the school.read more
History is often used as stimulus for writing at St. Andrew’s.read more
Here are some examples of how historical timelines are developed through out our school.read more
.Year 3 enjoyed a fantastic lesson exploring like archaeologists to find Stone Age artefacts.read more
Here are some super examples of gold work from around the school.read more
Year 2 children using the iPads to independently research about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night.read more
Year 2 Enterprise ( Moth Fridge Magnets )read more
Year 2 held a Bonfire Party.read more
History activities using skills in Maths, English and Computingread more
A great pupil-led lesson based on history summer projects!read more