Policy: History Policy
Subject Ambassador: Miss K. Hepple
Link Academy Councillor: Mr. J. Anderson
Statement of Intent 2021 – 2022:
A place where our children, adults and community can grow and thrive rooted in
Kindness, Fellowship and Confidence.
At Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School, we ensure our History curriculum develops an understanding of local and British history, its values and the wider world, focusing on an understanding of chronology and knowledge. The children use a range of sources and resources, including visits and visitors, to enable them to become characters from the past, living in that time. Children are encouraged to dig deeper and be inquisitive to find out more, just as a Historian would. We provide them with the opportunities to understand and use abstract historical terms. Themed events, such as Black History month and War week, are important and used to highlight the key events that have happened and how we have changed and adapted for the future based upon what we have learnt. Regular visits to our local historical sites encourage the children to look at our local area and that of the North East and how this has shaped our history.
Opal Learning Zone
How to sign like a pirate? – It has been a busy week as we begin our Pirate topic. The children have identified pirates of the past and key features about them. Eli identified that pirates had pirates that would perch on their shoulder. Following this, we decided to find out how we can use Makaton to sign parrot. Here Eli is demonstrating how to do it.
Remembrance Day – This week the children took part in a two-minute silence for Remembrance Day. We used vegetables to print our own poppies which we then took to the Remembrance stone at the rear of the school. All the children showed great respect as they observed the silence perfectly.
Amethyst Learning Zone
Who is Neil Armstrong? – Last half-term he had a deep-dive into the eventful life of Neil Armstrong. The children thoroughly enjoyed discovering interesting facts about his life, and particularly thrived when we used the green screen to recreate the first landing on the moon. To celebrate our progression of work we decided to showcase our History books for a different learning Zone. The children spoke in depth about their studies allowing them to show pride in their learning.
War Week – During War Week we decided to learn and perform a poem for our fallen soldiers. The children from the Opal and Amethyst Learning Zone’s teamed up to perform this fantastic poem. Following this we completed a two minute silence and repeated our powerful poem again.
Black History Week – This week we have celebrated Black History Week utilising cross curricular links to ensure a deep dive into the life of Marcus Rashford. The children were amazed to find out that Marcus was a famous footballer and also how much he has endeavoured to help children to avoid being hungry.
Our Learning Zone decided to create biographies for the life of Marcus Rashford, which led us to find out he received an MBE off the Queen. Alfie was astonished by this and asked if we could make our own medals. Below is a picture of our display in the main hall showing off our writing and the medals we created. Staff and pupils were moved by the work of Marcus and we hope he understands how grateful we all are to have positive role models that we can aspire to be.
Sapphire Learning Zone
Intrepid Explorers – This half term, our History topic has been ‘Why are Intrepid Explorers remembered today?’ We learnt all about the amazing astronaut Neil Armstrong and the amazing things he accomplished. To begin our topic off we created a physical timeline using steps as years. We marked out the current year, our birth years, Miss Hunter-Purvis’ birth year and then the year Neil Armstrong was born. That seemed like a long time ago! We produced some amazing work including an excellent newspaper report.
Castles – In History we have investigated the topic of Castles, and why there are so many in the North East. We looked closely at our own castle in Stanhope and learnt about the main features of a castle and what they are used for. The children designed their own 3D castles using different resources from around the Learning Zone. We enjoyed researching castles in the north east and sharing our real-life experiences of visiting them.
Black History Week – During Black History week, we looked at the Notting Hill Carnival. We learnt all about the founder, Claudia Jones and collected and recorded facts about her. We also create some masks to represent what we would like to wear to the Carnival.
Ruby Learning Zone
Why was Alfred so Great? – This involved looking at the early Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Norman kings of England, including chronology work to order them by when they reigned.
War Week – This term also included War Week, in which we looked at the Home Front during WW2 and how people in the UK lived while the war was going on. We made some carrot cookies using a war time recipe after we learned about rationing, they were a hit!
Emerald Learning Zone
Who was Edward the Confessor? – In the Emerald Learning Zone we are learning about influential monarchs. The children have been learning about the life of Edward the Confessor and have been creating their own version of the Bayeux Tapestry based on the key events of his life.
Bronze Age Pots – When looking at inventions between the Stone Age and Iron Age the children made their own Bronze Age Pots. They turned out fantastic using a traditional pinching method.
A timeline of inventions – In History we are learning about inventions and tools from the Stone Age to Iron Age. Today we created a timeline of inventions which dated from 130,000 BCE to modern day.
Roman Day – In the Emerald Learning zone we had a brilliant day immersing ourselves in all things Roman. The children baked their own loaf of ‘Roman’ bread and enjoyed it with olive oil, olives and grapes. We then spent time making Roman Swords, Mosaics and leaf crowns. It was a great end to our Roman topic.
Diamond Learning Zone
Ancient Greeks – This term in History we have been focusing on the ancient Greeks. The children have learnt a lot in this topic such as: how we can use primary and secondary sources to learn more about them, what types of government Athens and Sparta had and finding out what religion they followed. The children really enjoyed playing the Gods and Goddesses game to learn more about them!
Ancient Egyptians – The Diamond Learning Zone have been learning about the Egyptians and what life was life in ancient Egypt. The children really enjoyed finding out about Tutankhamun and how he was found. The children used their knowledge to write a newspaper report about this including quotes from Howard Carter.
You can view our archived history information on our website.