History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and around the world. At St Aidan’s we want the children to really enjoy their history lessons. In the foundation stage and KS1 pupils are taught to recognise the distinction between the present and the past in their own and other people’s lives. They show their emerging sense of chronology by placing a few significant events and objects in order on a time line. They study their family trees and find answers to some simple questions about the past by looking at artefacts including household items, toys and old photographs of seaside holidays. The children learn about the lives of people like Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and find out about the Great Fire of London.

In KS2 the children find out about the people who invaded Britain, including the Romans and Vikings. The children study a variety of ancient cultures including the Chinese, Egyptians and Ancient Greeks. When looking at the history of Britain the children become immersed in learning about the Tudors, Victorians and significant people from the 20th century.

To help children develop their sense of chronology they use a variety of primary and secondary sources. History teaching at St Aidan’s is very cross curricular and drama, music and dance are all used to help children get a real understanding of life at a particular time. Many class assemblies have a historical element and the children love sharing their knowledge at these events with their parents and the rest of the school.

as part of our history curriculum we take the children on many trips to places such as the British Museum, the Museum of London, Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, the Petrie Museum and the Ragged School Victorian Museum. We also have visiting workshops from ‘Crew’, which involve the children in role-playing and dance/drama activities at school.