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Lowton West Primary School

 

History at Lowton West

 

At Lowton West we believe that high quality history lessons inspire pupils to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. Linking learning to a range of topics, pupils have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.

In History, pupils gain knowledge of the world around them and how it has been affected by events of the past. They will gain an awareness of their own place in space and time though cross-curricular activities. Pupils learn to use primary and secondary sources of information in order to find out about historical figures, events and periods of time.

We provide pupils with opportunities to develop these essential characteristics to help them become a historian:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including a range of significant events in Britain’s past.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining perceptive questions and lines of enquiry.
  • A passion for history, with a developing sense of curiosity of the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning.
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

 

History at Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1 pupils develop an awareness of the past, learning about people's lives and lifestyles. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past, including those from both Britain and the wider world. They will be taught about changes within living memory and events beyond living memory that are significant nationally and globally. They listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They will also explore historical events, people and places around the Wigan area and the North West. They learn how the past is different from the present.

History Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past; developing a chronologically secure knowledge of British, local and world history. They learn about change and continuity and note connections, contrasts and trends over time. They will study key changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age; the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots; the Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle and a study of the local history. They will also earlier civilizations including the Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greece and the Mayan civilization. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.

 

Year Group

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Reception

Past and present events in our own lives and our families lives

How transport has changed over the years

Travelling back in time – to the land of the dinosaurs

One

Significant events in history - Great Fire of London

 

The life of a significant person – Samuel Pepys

 

Changes within living history – Toys, similarities and differences

The life of a significant person – Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale

Two

The life of a significant person- Neil Armstrong

 

Significant events in history- First Moon Landing

Local History (Wigan, Leigh and Lowton, including significant events, people and places)

Changes within living memory – the seaside over the last 100 years, similarities and differences

Three

Early civilizations – Ancient Egypt

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

Anglo-Saxons: invasions, settlements and customs

Four

Studying an aspect of British History that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

World War 2 The impact of World War 2 upon the lives of individuals

 

Changes in Britain from Stone Age to Iron Age

Hunter gatherers and early farmers, Iron Age – tribes, farming, art and culture

Studying an aspect of British History that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066: The History of Gadgets

The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China

Five

Studying an aspect of British History that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

 

The Victorians

The Changing power of monarchs – Queen Victoria.

A significant turning point in British HistoryThe Industrial Revolution.

The study of an aspect of British history that consolidates and extends knowledge from before 1066.

 

Britain’s changing landscape from the Iron Age to the present.

 

A local history study – how the landscape of Wigan has changed over time.

Early American Civilisations

The Achievements of early Civilisations - an overview of where and when the first civilisations appeared and an in depth study of the Indus Valley.

 

A study of a non-European society that provides contrast with British HistoryMayan Civilisation AD900.

 

Six

Ancient Greeks: a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

Studying an aspect of British History that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Famous explorers and adventurers – biographical research, impact upon life

 

A local history study – continue to explore how the landscape of Wigan has changed over time, reasons for changing landscape.

 

Year 5 History Alive

On Monday, Year 5 were taken back in time to Victorian times and spent half a day experiencing what life was like in a Victorian classroom. Miss Banks, their Victorian teacher, showed the children some of the activities which Victorian children would have experienced - from morning inspection, to mental arithmetic and handwriting with dip pens and ink. The children all dressed up in typical Victorian clothing: aprons and mopcaps for the girls; waistcoats, flat caps and mufflers (ties) for the boys. Throughout their sessions, the children responded very well to the strict style of teaching and were quite shocked at some of the things they were told about how children were treated. Luckily, the children's behaviour was superb and no Victorian punishments were required! We would like to thank Mrs Meighen for arranging this experience for the children. It was certainly worthwhile and taught the children a great deal in a short space of time.

 

Year 3 History Alive

Yesterday, ‘History Alive’ visited the Year 3 children and gave them the opportunity to explore Egyptian life and examine Ancient Egyptian artefacts. The children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as Egyptian children, acting out their daily jobs and looking at artefacts such as canopic jars and scarob beetles

 

Year 6 Greek Day

 Year 6 enjoyed a performance by Past Productions all about ‘The Godly Greeks’! They learned about many Greek stories and then took part in a drama workshop. Many of the children dressed up in their Greek costumes and looked fantastic.

In the afternoon they produced their own comic strips of Greek stories which they had been researching and made Greek vases in their art lesson.

Thank you to Mrs Meighen for organising this event. We would also like to thank the Friends Association for funding this

 

Year 4 History Alive

On Tuesday Year 4 were extremely lucky to have a visit from History Alive Stone Age to Iron Man.

The children enjoyed dressing up in role play as people from these periods.

They also handled artefacts such as bronze pots, axes, spears and clubs.

The children learnt a lot from this experience.

Thank you to Mrs Meighen for organising this event.

Year 2 History Alive

Slag Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 2ED

01942 724865

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