Here at Elworth we take the children on a chronological journey through the ages from year 1 to year 6. Starting at the dawn of time we teach right through the eras to the present day and this is reflected in our displays through our central timeline corridor in the middle of the school. We base the history curriculum on the core knowledge programme; embedding grounded historical knowledge in addition to key skills such as enquiry, evaluation, questioning and chronology.
History is a hands on and enquiry based subject. We provide experiential learning which will engage the children and secure those key facts; this could include exciting trips such as becoming a Roman soldier in the ancient town of Chester to escaping from Egyptian treasure tombs brought in by external partners. We ensure our topics enthuse and intrigue our children at the right age and stage. Extended writing opportunities are given throughout all history based topics, which are then used to enrich and strengthen the children's understanding of their era of study.
At Elworth, we introuduce our topics with a Topic Week. These weeks immerse the children in History and are full of activities and experiences to get our learning off to a brilliant beginning! In EYFS, the explore history in living memory through toys, games and visitors. In KS1, they start to understand time a little bit more study castles, kings, the Great Fire of London and also look at events within living memory that their parents or grandparents experienced. In Lower KS2, their topics go all the way back to the Stone Age and then move forward in time to explore the Ancient Civilisations such as Egypt and the Greeks, before learning about the Roman Empire and how it changed Britain. In Upper KS2, they study fascinating civilisations such as the Mayans as well as investigating a little closer to home with the Anglo Saxons as well as wars since 1066 to the present date.