At Cherrywood pupils are encouraged to question their understanding of the past allowing them to enjoy all that History has to offer. Through the use of artefacts and exciting trips, pupils gain an in-depth understanding of significant events in British history as well as appreciating how things change over time. Without History, there would be no future!
History learning is carefully mapped and throughout Key Stage 1 our pupils will develop an awareness of the past through the study of significant individuals who have achieved nationally and internationally. They will also study significant events linked to the local area as well as studying changes within living memory and those events beyond living memory that have had a significant impact nationally or globally.
In Key Stage 2 pupils will develop a secure understanding of local, British and world history, making connections and contrasts over time as well as using appropriate historical vocabulary and having a greater appreciation of chronology.
History is taught through topic themed units but also through strong cross curricular links. The use of an enquiry based approach is fundamental to the subject, and the children are taught how to ask, investigate and answer questions. This enquiry based learning allows opportunities for collaborative work as well as independent research. A systematic and organised way of thinking and working comes from an involvement in enquiry based learning.
Children are given opportunities to develop their understanding of the past through the use of artefacts, historical documents, including reports, photographs numerous written sources, newspaper articles and they are given valuable opportunities to research using electronic media. There are a wide variety of history focuses school trip and themed days which greater enhance the understanding and learning of the pupils.
Ways to get Children Excited about History
Learning history in schools can sometimes be seen as memorising and regurgitating sequences of events, names, and dates. With access to historical landmarks, books, and toys, there is a huge variety in how we children can learn to love history!
Allow children to experience history first-hand by allowing them to dress up as historical characters. Through this, children will be able to connect with history and also act out famous scenes they are learning about at school. There are plenty of costumes that can be easily sourced at home such as a Victorian child or Roman toga. This is a creative way for your child to learn about how historical figures lived.
There's so much historical fiction available to immerse children into a past world. Visit the historical fiction section of your local library to discover the vast range of stories available that can transport your children into the history they will be learning about in schools. Covering everything from the ancient Egyptians to the Romans, children will be able to connect with these worlds through literature.
Museums are fun days out for the whole family to see and experience history. Seeing history in this environment makes it more real. In museums, children can explore artefacts from the past, including clothing, tools, and other artefacts. Help your child engage with their learning by encouraging them to record what they have seen.
Get the whole family involved by playing a historical board game. This way children can learn with their family and friends in a way that is fun and a little competitive!
Take a look at your own family's history. Recounting stories of children's ancestors connects them to the past and allows them to see where they came from. Photos and documents from past relatives can allow your child to visually learn about their own place in history. Allow your children to discuss with grandparents and older relatives about their lives and how times have changed. Once they have gathered this information, they can build a family tree!
There are plenty of historical toys available. Dinosaurs and soldiers are popular toys within the home. Use these to teach your child about the history behind them. This way you are using items your child already loves as learning tools!