History

Our vision

In Bewick Bridge our aim is for our children to understand that history is the narrative of the past and that by understanding the past they can better understand the world they live in today.

We aim to enable children to delve deeper into the past and understand how culture, daily life and the different civilizations differ from that of our modern twenty-first century world. We offer a sequence of knowledge rich units to to help teachers ensure they have covered all the knowledge and skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. We want our children to develop detailed knowledge and strong skills to inspire their curiosity, to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, make comparisons and develop perspective and judgement. Children will leave school in year 6 with a strong understanding of chronology and the complexity of people’s lives. They will understand 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 want the children to be equiped with the skills and knowledge that enables them to be ready for both key stage 3 and the wider world.


How we plan and teach History at Bewick Bridge

History is taught each term as part of a cross curricular topic with clear links to geography. The curriculum overview, along with the skills progression and vocabulary progression, ensures progression of both skills and knowledge. Each unit comes with an overview in the form of a Knowledge Organiser to give the teacher and adults leading history confidence in progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met. The overview is put into the children’s books at the start of the unit. Within each unit children will produce a piece of extended writing that can be used as an activation of knowledge (response to a stimulus) or consolidation of skills (reflection on taught skill).

Classroom learning is supported through visits to museums and providing opportunities to handle artifacts. These experiences develop their interest and curiosity about history and enrich the children’s cultural capital and support their classroom learning.

In history lessons children learn to understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

Year 3 studying Bronze age artifacts from Ely museum

Year 4 investigating Egyptian coptic jars.

We read interpretations of the past in secondary sources.

Each year, Year 4 children explore experimental reconstructions of Anglo Saxon houses in West Stow Village

Exploring experimental reconstructions of Anglo Saxon houses in West Stow Village

Copy of History Overview
Copy of Knowledge Progression in history
Copy of Skills Progression in History
Copy of Skills coverage for each year group


Copy of Recovery Curriculum 2021-2022- History