At The Russell School we aim to give children the opportunity to develop their sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. We want our pupils to gain an understanding of history and develop their interest in people and occurrences of the past. It is our goal to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past.
Woven together with other learning approaches from literacy, science and art, history is taught in context as part of our cross-curricular topics. Children learn about history through primary and secondary sources and are encouraged to ask questions to discover more about how events took place. History is not only taught in the classroom - we also remember the past in our assemblies, themed days and school trips.
In Key Stage 1, children travel back to the world of the knights, kings and queens of the medieval era and begin to understand the history of London through key events like the Great Fire of London in 1666. We use stories to encourage the children to engage with historical events. The children are also shown resources to provoke questions about the past and compare historical occurrences with events today. We use art to bring history to life, focusing on a number of notable artists and exploring the depiction of key historical events.
In Key Stage 2, we explore a timeline which takes in the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Celts. The children approach history in a variety of ways. They are introduced to political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural and aesthetic perspectives. The children work with historical sources to improve their understanding of the past both in depth and breadth. Using sources also teaches the children that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways. They develop techniques for writing about the past. They are encouraged to use dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and key historical changes and are given regular opportunities to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and to question chance, cause, similarity and difference and significance of events and periods in history.
Children in Year 5 take part on a three night residential to a Tudor Manor House to bring their learning in history alive!