At Kings Hill School and Nursery, we believe that our high-quality history curriculum inspires children to become inquisitive learners, wanting to know more about the past and to think and act like historians.
Our history curriculum intends to:
- To develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in history and how it relates to modern life.
- To build on pupils’ curiosity of events from the past and understand their significance.
- To understand how human achievements have influenced society.
- To use a range of historical sources to enhance pupils understanding and encourage analytical thinking.
- To develop a knowledge of chronology within which the children can organise their understanding of the past.
- To understand the similarities and differences between the present and the pas and to understand that people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours.
- To address and devise historically valid questions and instruct informed responses
- To introduce pupils to historical vocabulary.
- To develop pupils’ use of computing in their historical studies.
- To understand the nature of evidence by emphasising the process of enquiry and by developing the range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary source materials.
- To distinguish between historical facts and the interpretation of those facts.
- A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth.
- Low stake quizzing through retrieval practice that is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory.
- Written assignments that allow them to explore the time period they are learning about in a reported style.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning.
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
Our history curriculum is enriching and of a high quality. It tracks the child’s learning journey of history through their school experience to allow for progression and retention. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods.
- End of topic assessments
- Written pieces around their topic
- Pupil discussions about their learning
Monday 4 December 2023 How did life change in Britain form the Stone Age to the Iron age? Year 3 have been thoroughly enjoying their History topic this term and answering their enquiry question, 'How did life change in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age?' So far, the children have looked at how settlements and tools changed during these periods. They have been able to identify consequences of these discoveries and can see how much life changed during these periods.
Friday 24 November 2023 Swinging '60's! What a swinging time Year 1 had during our 1960s dress up day! There were some fantastic examples of 60s style clothing - the bright colours and groovy prints certainly put a smile on everyone's face. The children also had a chance to create some wonderful artwork in the style of 1960s artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Monday 16 January 2023 Year 5 Ancient Greece This term is all about Ancient Greece in Year 5! We started our topic in History by looking at the similarities and differences between the Spartans and Athenians. The children then looked at the achievements of Alexander the Great, deciding on the most significant.
Thursday 20 October 2022 Black History Month The school has been actively involved in Black History Month and each year group has been learning about significant black people in history. They have had discussions around racial discrimination and the impact of this on individuals both historically and in our lives today. Each year group has produced some wonderful writing on the subject.
Thursday 5 May 2022 Significant People Day Year 1 had a fabulous 'Significant People' day last week. We were able to come to school dressed up as a significant person to us. We have been learning in our History topic all about what significant means and about different people that are significant around the world. We chose our outfits based on people in our families, at school and people from many years ago. It was really interesting to hear why our friends dressed up as the person they were!
Friday 18 March 2022 Year 2 Great Fire of London What a ‘glowing’ week Year 2 have had! The children have fully immersed themselves into the Great Fire of London this week where they travelled back into 1666 and created their very own Pudding Lane.The children positioned the houses closely together and recreated the narrow streetsofLondon. They then watched eagerly as the houses burnt down, noticing how and why thefirespread so quickly. The children were then able to recognise why the fire started to slow down and how it eventually stopped. They used their senses to describe what it must have been like in 1666 and thought about how the people of London may have felt. The children then furthered their learning in English by writing wonderful recounts of the event. They developed their oracy skills through drama before writing some excellent, and very descriptive recounts, based on the fire. We would like to take the opportunity to also thank parents and carers for all of their support with the Tudor house creations. They w
Thursday 10 February 2022 Bringing Ancient Greece alive ! We have had a very Greek couple of weeks in Year 5! The children have been working really hard, producing some super work! In English, we became travel agents writing persuasive travel brochure pages encouraging people to take a holiday to Ancient Greece. We explored the features of persuasive writing and used the knowledge we have gained through learning about Ancient Greece in History.
Friday 17 December 2021 Well done Year 6 We were really pleased to receive a card from the Hugenot society saying how fantastic our Year 6 children were on the trip to Brick Lane that took place in the Autumn term. Well done to Year 6 for demonstrating the school values so well and showing such interest in learning about history.
Thursday 16 December 2021 Year 3 Stone Age Outdoor Day Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed their Stoneage topic this term, so to finish it off we headed outside for the day to live like Stoneage People. Their first challenge was to re-create cave paintings and for this they had to get messy! In groups they had to grind up charcoal into a powder using pebbles and then paint using their fingers and hands. We looked at real cave art and copied pictures of hands, mammoth, cattle, deer, and stick men with weapons.Next, we thought about what they would have eaten and how they caught food. We examined pieces of flint and discussed Flint Knapping and how arrowheads were made. So, it was fun to try to make some real spears using cut hazel sticks and flint arrow heads and then play predator and prey games on the field. To finish our day, we ventured into our woods and thought about the methods Stoneage Man used to make fire. We saw how a Flint and Steel is used to make sparks and then sat around a big fire to warm up.
Thursday 9 December 2021 Year 6 Cookery There was a familiar scent in the air recently…yes it was the curry! Cooking is an important life skill and Year 6 loved preparing the vegetables and mixing the ingredients for our Bangladeshi curry linked to our Y6 history.
Thursday 2 December 2021 Year 6 Brick Lane Visit Year 6 are delving deep into their learning.
Wednesday 24 November 2021 Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Year 3 have been thoroughly enjoying their history unit - The Stone Age to the Iron Age. Last week, we looked at houses from these times and considered why certain materials were used. We learnt all about the amazing Skara Brae and the children were fascinated when they found out it was hidden for thousands of years!
Tuesday 23 November 2021 Year 2 Fossil Workshop Year 2 had a fantastic morning when they became palaeontologists this week! The children were able to show off their super knowledge of Mary Anning and fossils throughout the workshop, impressing Jonothan with their knowledge of body and trace fossils. The children were able to explain how fossils are formed and remembered that many fossils have been discovered on the Dorset coast, where Mary Anning once lived. The children had a wonderful time excavating and identifying the different fossils. They worked extremely carefully to brush the sand off the fossils so that they could begin to identify them. The children found fossils of a skull, teeth, claws, tail and an eye socket! They even found an Ichthyosaur fossil; similar to Mary Anning's findings! The children were impeccably behaved and they showcased their knowledge brilliantly. Well done Year 2