Our Curriculum Intent for History
At Fleet Infant School we want all of our children to have an understanding of the past. It is important that children see how the past can affect and change their future. We want them to understand how key events and significant people from Britain and the wider world have shaped their lives today. Our aim is to deliver high-quality, engaging History lessons which encourage enquiry, chronological understanding as well as supporting children in using historical sources to make decisions about the past.
Our History Curriculum covers a range of topics that are inspiring and motivate children to use their enquiry and thinking skills. Where possible, we aim to make links between their history learning across the whole curriculum. For example, when studying the Great Fire of London, children are given links to English, Geography, Science and DT to give the topic more context. Each unit is planned using the Hampshire six step approach where the children are given opportunities to broaden their knowledge and skills.
Year 2 - Great Fire of London
In the Autumn term, Year 2 have looked at The Great Fire of London. There was a focus on the chronology of it and also thinking about the causes and consequences of the fire itself. We were lucky to have a theatre company come in and re-enact the history of it with us! The children were able to identify lots of reasons why the fire burnt for four days and how London changed as a consequence of the fire. The children thoroughly enjoyed this unit and continue to talk about it daily!
Year 1 - Communication Topic
Year 1 looked at the development of communication technology over time and sequenced phones using chronological vocabulary. They were lots of discussions about how we communicate has changed since their grown ups and grandparents were little. We used the history box for communication to give the children a hands on experience of technology from the past. They really engaged with the artefacts and this prompted lots of discussions about how things have changed.
Reception - Old Bear
The children have loved reading the stories of Old Bear by Jane Hissey and comparing old and new bears. They were fascinated by a bear that was shared with them that is 70 years old! They were talking about how the bear is different from the new bear and noticed how the fur had been rubbed off.