At St John Fisher RC Primary we use the ‘Challenge Curriculum’ to promote historical enquiry, allowing our pupils to investigate, consider, reflect and review events of the past.
We investigate the histories of their local community, their city, their country and the wider world to develop their own identities and sense of place, and to build an appreciation of the origins of our diverse society. Pupils from Foundation Stage to Year 6 build an understanding of historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarities, differences, connections and contrasts. We encourage first hand experiences through the use of artefacts and, where possible, field trips to historical sites, museums or specialised workshops.
History in Key Stage 1 focuses on changes within their own lifetime, significant people, places and events. Topics covered include significant people such as: Guy Fawkes, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong , Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale, Toys and famous inventions. Pupils also study about the history of the local area and the significance of the hat industry to Denton.
Throughout Key Stage 2 there is a focus on having a sound chronological understanding of British history, beginning with pre-history (the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages). Invaders and settlers are studied through the Roman Invasion of Britain and this continues into Upper Key Stage 2 where we investigate the Viking and Saxon struggle for power. We also look at the impact of the suffragette movement linked to the study of Emiline Pankhurst who came from Manchester. In addition to British history, KS2 children cover significant aspects of World History, including early civilisations such as the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians.