History at Grange

History at Grange is taught through our topics and through ongoing ‘Learning without lessons’ in which we pick up on key local, national and international events and areas of interest to our children. We teach history to create historians! Children with a thirst to find out more about the themes, changes and events that have created the societies we live in today.

Throughout our planning we consider how to embed the Grange Drivers: Creativity, Resilience and Community

In history we build up our children’s sense of community through: local visits, talking to parents, grandparents, finding out about events that have impacted on and changed our area, finding out (alongside work in Geography) how historical changes create the community we have today. They will explore the possibilities within the subject through visits from Historians and archaeologists and visits out to museums and historical sites.

Resilience and creativity: We want children to be challenged by our history curriculum. As historians they should look at sources critically, debate, reflect and problem solve. Throughout our curriculum we ask children to embrace ‘sticky work’. In history lessons we set problems that require deeper thinking and often collaboration with others.

Creating Historians!

The key Characteristics of being historians we want for Grange Children

  •  An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
  •  The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  •  The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining  questions and lines of enquiry. 
  •  A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways. 
  •  A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics

 The key Concepts throughout our History Teaching

Threshold concepts are the ‘big ideas’ that shape students’ thinking within History. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group. 

  • Investigate and interpret the past: This concept involves understanding that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence.
  • Build an overview of world history: This concept involves an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and an understanding that life is different for different sections of society.
  • Understand chronology: This concept involves an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history studied were happening at similar times in different places.
  • Communicate historically: This concept involves using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past.

 Making Links:

Chronology: Every classroom has a timeline that is developed over the year. In EYFS and Year 1 children spend time creating sequenced timelines of their own lives, these are developed to include events in their families and history and grow as the understanding of children grows. As children’s understanding progresses we stress the links between events and demonstrate how World history is occurring concurrently.

Within Our Learning: We focus on the key themes running through History including; Society (With a focus on the role of women), technology, warfare, agriculture, belief, empire...

Breadth of Study: (See the History at Grange Document for Details of Coverage) The Key stage 2 Curriculum has been divided up with Gosforth Central Middle School to give a sense of chronology. This is the content we cover to create our historians. Breadth provides the contexts for exploring the threshold concepts.

In Key Stage 1: Children learn about;

  •  changes within living memory.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. 
  • Significant historical events, people and places in our own locality.

 In Key Stage 2: Children learn about;

  • • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. 
  • • The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain.
  • • A local history study: Wor Toon
  • • A study of a theme in British history: Education and Technology 
  • • Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece