History at Prince Rock
Creating a sense of ‘Here and There’ and ‘Then and Now’ provided the basis for the LAT History curriculum overview. A clear vision that History should be one of the predominant drivers beside the curriculum alongside the LAT ‘We Will’s’ ensures that all of our children have the opportunity to find out about the world around them and explore their place within it.
A sense of rigour and clear structure means that the National Curriculum is set as the minimum expectation for all schools within the LAT. A sense of chronology as well as the development of complex historical ideas were also used to create flow within the history curriculum. Local context is vitally important to give our children an idea of Plymouth and the South West’s role in local, national and world history. At Prince Rock, our aim is to incorporate the history of our immediate area (such as Blagdon Meadows, Laira Heritage Trail) to allow the children to see how important the local context is to the local community and the school (Binoculars). In contrast, on a global scale, 24% of children speak English as an additional language and over 15 languages are spoken. In addition, we have an increasing Islamic population at our school. As a result, we believe it is vital to explore, learn about and compare the history of different cultures around the world (Telescope), for example the Islamic Civilisation, and how they’ve shaped the world we live in today.
In EYFS, children develop a sense of the past and present through exploring a range of texts, objects and the lives of people around them. In the Autumn term, children explore significant events for example 5th November and develop their understanding of Guy Fawkes, as well as looking at the lives of their own immediate families. In the Spring term, children explore the lives of their Grandparents (Microscope) and will visit The Box Museum which is local to us and includes local history. There is a specific focus of History in the Summer term where texts have been introduced to develop the children's understanding of the past. For example, 'Peepo', 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' and 'Toys' allows the children to look at how the lives of people have changed overtime , how ideas have changed and how toys have changed. These EYFS opportunities for learning about the past then link closely to the KS1 History curriculum.
Key Stage One
Children at KS1 develop an idea of their own lives as well as those close to them. The curriculum allows this to be the main focus for the youngest children, before moving onto topics that give them an early awareness of both life beyond Plymouth and beyond living memory. Key historical ideas are introduced – the idea of Empire (e.g. through explorers) and changes in society (e.g. through their own history) whilst a sense of chronology and timelines are also being developed (e.g. The Great Fire of London).
Key Stage Two
As they move into KS2, the content and development of these key ideas changes. British History is taught in a chronological order, whilst other key topics (Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt and Islamic Civilization) ensure that the children develop a clear knowledge of how other civilizations and nations have created key elements of today’s world (Telescope). Children continue to apply their knowledge of history to a range of historical skills: continuity, change and chronology, similarities and differences, causes and consequences, significance and evidence and interpretation.
Our aim is to develop clear knowledge and understanding of a wide range of historical contexts and ideas and for our children to be able to use these to make links to the 21st century world that they live in today. High-quality teaching ensures that this knowledge is embedded throughout the school. Alongside this, children are encouraged to use and develop their history skills throughout Year 1-6 whereby they will be able to describe and order significant events, analyse key sources and ask further questions to support their learning. At the same time, a whole school focus on improving oracy skills and frequent vocabulary development is very important in the teaching of History. This approach provides the opportunity for language development and ensures that disadvantaged groups, as well as SEND and EAL children, all children can access the History curriculum at Prince Rock.
Historical Curriculum Progression
Knowledge Organisers - Autumn
Graphic Organisers - Autumn
Knowledge Organisers - Spring
Graphic Organisers - Spring
Knowledge Organiser - Summer (Year 6 only)
Graphic Organiser - Summer (Year 6 only)
In the Spring term, children across the school took part in a 'Significant Local Individuals' Day'. The children explored and learnt about a significant person in history who had links to Plymouth or Cornwall. It was so wonderful to see the children building upon their knowledge of History by exploring someone new. Ask us about our learning!
On Mondays, some children from across Year 3-6 take part in history club. Each week, we discuss significant people/events in history that we would like to learn about.
In Spring, the children wanted to learn about Ancient Egypt. Through their own research, they found out fascinating facts and the importance of the River Nile, the Pyramids and the Pharaohs.
Recently, we have explored the contributions and achievements of Mary Seacole. Although the children had heard of Mary Seacole before, they wanted to find out more about her support during the Crimean War. We have posted a brilliant video on our Facebook page which shows what we have learnt!
The Box, Plymouth - Museum
The School Run