History Curriculum (Herne Junior School)
At Herne Junior School, we help our pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We foster their curiosity to know more about the past and equip them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps them to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We aim to work collaboratively to become ‘History Detectives’, using primary and secondary sources following the six step enquiry approach. We adopt an imaginative and creative curriculum approach exploring our local area and community where possible for example, completing an archeological dig at The Heath, an archeological dig in the school’s grounds and at Butser Ancient Farm. When appropriate members of the local community are invited to share their experiences with the children.
Our pupils learn key facts and concepts alongside skills such as chronology, characteristic features, continuity and change, cause and consequence, historical significance, historical interpretation and historical enquiry.
- Year 3 – Herne Histories: The Rocky Road (Stone Age), Herne Histories: The Return of the Rotten Romans.
- Year 4 – Vicious Vikings vs Angry Saxons, Portal to the Past (British Study WW2).
- Year 5 – Ancient Civilisations (Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Shang Dynasty, Indus Valley, Sumeria).
- Year 6 –Raiders of the lost Mayans, Revolutions (The Victorians and a local study of British History in comparison to Shropshire).
In Key Stage Two, the story of Britain is interwoven with studies of ancient civilizations. Our pupils explore concepts of migration, empire, civilization, continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance. Immersive role-play experiences within the classroom along with educational visits to Ironbridge, Butser Ancient Farm, The Watercress Line and Highclere Castle to help develop children’s understanding of life in Britain in different eras. Studies of ancient civilisations of Rome, Egypt, Greece and Central America are reinforced by ‘Theme’ days with the support of a local drama group, The Rainbow Theatre. Our pupils express their learning through drama, art, discussion and writing and produce high quality Theme Books.
When pupils leave Herne Junior School, their learning in history will have equipped them with knowledge of a broad period of local, British and world history, together with an excellent range of historical skills. As they have progressed, their growing historical knowledge will have helped them to understand how people and places have changed over time and how the past shapes our lives today. They will have developed important personal skills such as independence and collaboration to become resilient and lifelong learners.