History

Our Vision

At Manor Primary School, we want our children to understand their place in this world in relation to the past, present and future in order for them to become responsible global citizens. We aim to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the planet and its inhabitants that will stay with the children through their lives.

Our historical enquiries cover the history of the locality, Britain and the wider world during various time periods. Our learning is placed in chronological context in order for children to understand the causes and consequences of significant discoveries and important events and the impact of influential people. Through exploration of primary and secondary sources, children are encouraged to consider varying viewpoints and become discerning and critical thinkers. The children reflect on how the world has changed and consider how events in the past can impact future thinking.

Our world shapes us, and we shape the world. Underpinning all our humanities work at Manor Primary School is the idea that we are motivating and inspiring our children to find out about their world. This understanding will enable them to be active contributors to and protectors of our planet and its heritage as they grow up.

History in Year 1

Pupils will be taught:

    • changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
    • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
    • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [Henry VIII]
    • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

History in Year 2

Pupils will be study:

  • Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries].
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell].
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

History in Year 3

The children will study:

• Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

• Ancient Greece - a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

History in Year 4

These are the areas of study for Year 4

  • The Roman Empire in Britain
  • Resistance to the Romans
  • Roman literacy and art
  • Indus Valley – In depth study

The children will address and devise questions and answers and construct informed responses and organise relevant historical information

History in Year 5

The areas of study in History for Year 5 are:

    • the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
    • a local history study

History in Year 6

The children will be learning about World War II and the Battle of Britain. They will enhance their chronological understanding and historical interpretation. Again, cross-curricular links will be made, especially with English, which will give them the opportunity to develop their understanding of evacuees, rationing, The Blitz as well as the Holocaust. The learning journey will be complemented by their trip to Newhaven Fort.