HISTORY

 

At Lancaster Lane we aim to enable the children to gain an understanding of the past, with relation to themselves, their families, their communities and the wider world, as appropriate to age, ability and aptitude. History is taught at both key stages through topics. Throughout the school our aim is to provide children with varied interpretations of the past, through a wide and interesting range of sources.

 

All of the children from year 1 to year 6 are taught History in units.  We teach historical skills and concepts through topics, which are carefully chosen to interest and enthuse our pupils.


    A copy of our history policy (2017) can be found here. ​

 

Overview of topics

 

 

Subject Yearly Overview of the New National Curriculum

 

Curriculum Overview


Each year group covers the following areas of history:


Year 1

 

Significant People & Events: The ‘Space Race’

Children retell historical events; develop an understanding and vocabulary for time and chronology; use sources such as newspaper reports, audio clips and photographs to find out about the past; and compare technology then and now.


                      

Significant People & Events: The Great Fire of London

Children find out about this event from witness accounts, such as Samuel Pepys, and artwork.  They consider reasons for the series of events and how people reacted and retell the event through roleplay.  Children compare the emergency services then and now.



Year 2


Significant People & Events: Mary Anning

Children learn how we find out about the past, for example from palaeontology and fossil excavation; retell key events in Mary Anning’s life and how her findings have influenced our understanding of the world and science today.  They find out about what life was like during the Victorian times compared with now.


                                             

​Local History: Leyland Trucks

Children visit Leyland Trucks and have the opportunity to ask questions and see first-hand a fully functioning production line in action.  They place vehicles a chorological order, considering how and why they have changed over time and read stories about Henry Ford and his invention of the first ever production line.  Children find out how Leyland Trucks created many jobs for local people in the early 1900s and also the important role played during the World Wars.  




Year 3


​Stone Age Britain

Children examine artefacts and images/video clips of archelogical sites, such as the remains at Skara Brae and cave paintings, to learn about what life was like during the Stone Age.  Using maps, they learn what a 'Hertiage Site' is, find out about Stone Henge and how stones were transported before the invention of modern day machinery.  They roleplay mixing dyes to create cave paintings depicting Neolithic hunters as well as cooking food over a fire pit so they compare then and now.

            

Ancient Egyptians

Children learn how Ancient Egypt fits chronologically compared with Britain's timeline.   From texts, images, video clips and maps, children find out about significant achievements of the Ancient Egyptians.  This includes the development of irrigation techniques and the shadoof in farming as well as the use of papyrus and hieroglyphics to keep written records.  Children also study famous landmarks and artefacts, like the pyramids and the Rosetta Stone, and make comparisons with the British Stone Age.  Using sources such as newspaper articles, children investigate the key events in the discovery of Tutankhamun and compare Ancient Egyptian beliefs and traditions with those which exist today.

 



Year 4


Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Studying maps and atlases, children consider why the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings chose to settle in Britain and find out which place names are Anglo-Saxon or Viking in orogin, for example York.  Children listen to extracts from the Anglo Saxon Chronicle and look at examples of illuminated manuscripts from Lindisfarne – they learn about historical bias and source reliability and consider the differences in beliefs between Pagans and Christians.  They find out how our days of the week are named after Pagan gods.  Using extracts from Asser’s biography, they find out about King Alfred.  They study images from the Sutton Hoo excavation and find out why the Vikings were well-known for their ship building and navigation abilities.

 

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The Romans and Their Impact on Modern Society

Through the study of maps and artefacts, such as shields, children learn about the Roman Army and how their empire spread across Europe.  They find out about the resistance and invasions which took place, looking at the remains of Hadrian’s Wall and retelling the story of Boudicca and the Battle of Watling Street.  They find out about local Roman towns, such as Chester and look at examples of Roman influence which still exist in Britain today, such as roads, aqueducts, baths and mosaics.  They learn how to read and write Roman numerals.  




Year 5


Ancient Greece

Children find out about the impact the Ancient Greeks had on the western world, for example the invention of the Olympics, a government and amphitheatres.  By studying pottery and listening to stories and translated extracts of poetry, children learn about Greek mythology and beliefs.  Children find out how Ancient Greeks were talented philosophers, mathematicians and scientists, and learn of famous names, such as Aristotle who surmised the earth is spherical.  They try themselves to construct an Archimedes screw and learn how this invention is still employed today. 

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Ancient Civilisations - The Mayans 

Children look at images of Mayan temple and statue remains to find out about their religious beliefs and practices such as sacrifice.  Through the study of Mayan arts and crafts, children find out about what daily life was like for Mayans.  Children find out about the Mayan's matehmictaicla abilities and their invention of a calendar.  

They compare Mayan and British beliefs and lifestyles.



Year 6

 

World Wars

From sources such as a recording of Chamberlain’s speech, transcripts of evacuee letters, ration book, propaganda posters and images of Anderson shelters, children develop an appreciation of the challenges faced by The Home Front during World War II.  They will find out about famous landmarks in London, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, when studying images from before and after The Blitz.  While studying written accounts about different figures in the war, children will consider the reliability of historical sources.  They will find out how the war impacted on the local area, through newspaper articles, memorials and images of WWII sites in Lancashire.  Children also study maps to see how the site of the Royal Ordnance Factory is now residential Buckshaw Village.  The children mark Remembrance Day by presenting a special assembly for their parents and the other pupils to attend.


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Locality Study - Fox Lane

Children undertake a study walk to look at old and new features of their local area, such as the alms houses, step houses and Leyland Cross, while learning about how it has changed over time and reasons for this. They compare Ordnance Survey maps and photographs from different decades.  Children are encouraged to ask their parents and grandparents about Leyland when they were at school.


 


      

 

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