History

History

At St John’s  we believe that the study of History makes a valuable contribution to our children’s understanding of all aspects of life, enhancing a sense of identity and culture.  History encompasses a knowledge of the past, how this compares to the present and what impact this may have on the future. The learning of History requires children to ask pertinent and relevant questions, to think critically, to access and decipher information and to analyse opinions and arguments, thus enabling them to develop their own perception of historical events. The new National Curriculum places an emphasis on children in Primary schools developing a robust understanding of the chronological order of local, national and world-wide events that have contributed to the creation of modern Britain as it is today, from the Stone Age through to post war Britain. Currently at St John’s in Key Stage 1 and Middle School, the History curriculum is organised in a topic related basis, following a two yearly programme. Specific topics include castles, China, Bruegel’s ‘Children’s Games’, Toys, The Seaside, Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Tudors. Year 5 and 6 follow a specific year group programme and study the Aztecs, Victorians, World War 2, Britain Since 1945, The History of Apartheid and The Cold War. Modes of working include whole class teaching, small group work, art, craft, design technology  and computing.  Valuable hands-on experience is gained via regular off-site educational visits to Reading Museum, the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and through the historical artefacts provided by Reading Museum on a termly basis.