History is taught in class groups, with a strong focus upon enquiry based learning. This learning is structured with an overarching question for the unit, with lessons planned to cumulatively allow the pupils to investigate and answer this as the unit progresses.
The specific periods selected for study aim to provide the children with an overview of Britain’s past and its role within the wider world, through a combination of overview and in depth studies. Historical skills are a key element within enquiry based learning, meaning that the pupils learn how to think critically, consider the use of sources and evidence and understand more abstract concepts such as continuity, interpretation, change and consequence. These skills become progressively more complex as the pupils move through the key stage.
In Year 3, pupils begin by looking at changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age before moving onto Ancient Egypt and considering the similarities and differences between the two civilisations. Year 4 study the Romans and the Greeks, with specific focuses on the Romans in Britain, particularly in the local area, and the Greek legacy for the Western world. The development of ‘Britain’ from ‘Britannia Major’, encompassing settlement by Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings takes place in Year 5 before an exploration of the Ancient Maya. Finally, the role of Portsmouth within the Blitz and the importance of memory is considered in Year 6, before a study of the Indus Valley civilisation. This year, the pupils have been lucky enough to also study ‘The Space Race’.