At Alfred Salter, the History Curriculum develops pupils’ understanding of historical eras, significant events and the lives of key individuals. Children learn key vocabulary, dates and facts whilst also developing their skills as historians. Through the focus of an enquiry question (such as ‘What does the mystery of the empty Saxon grave tell us about Saxon Britain?), children interrogate sources; order events and collect evidence in order to formulate an informed response.
In Key Stage One, we focus on British history, looking at key events – such as the Battle of Hastings and The Great Fire of London – and significant figures – including Francis Drake; Mary Seacole and Emmeline Pankhurst. The pupils also compare and contrast life in the past with life in the present day and have the opportunity to study ‘living history’ by talking about changes within living memory.
In Key Stage Two, pupils encounter two strands of British and World history. Pupils learn about the changes which have occurred through the ages in the local area and about key periods in British history; such as the World Wars, the Viking invasions and the Stone Age. In addition, pupils learn about significant international civilisations, including the Ancient Greeks; the Ancient Egyptians and the Kingdom of Ancient Benin. As the pupils encounter the different time periods, links are made between the eras and pupils leave the school with a sound understanding of the chronology of the different ages studied.
We make extensive use of the extraordinarily rich museums and sites of historical significance in London and recent trips have included visits to the Tower of London; the Museum of London and the British Museum. We also visit local sites of interest, such as the Brunel Museum and have recently benefitted from in school workshops with the Museum of London Docklands.