We love history at North Bradley CE Primary School! We are surrounded by it all of the time in our beautiful, original school building and house that date from 1882. Our playground overlooks St Nicholas Church that dates from around 1316. Also, our ‘House’ system is related to our local history with the four houses being named: Broadley, Winchester, Stafford and Daubeney, which are all historically relevant names in the area.
At North Bradley, we want children to have an excellent understanding of chronology. We work to ensure pupils become curious about the past, so that they develop their historical enquiry skills and ask questions to improve their knowledge and understanding of the past. We also aim for children to experience a wide range of quality historical sources, which they will learn to interpret, whilst also thinking about a source's reliability. We plan exciting learning contexts with a history focus, which immerse children in the past, better shaping their knowledge and understanding of events, people and places throughout history.
Here are a few examples of the riveting learning contexts that have been driven by the history currriculum:
Treason, Triumph and Torture! (Crime and punishment through the ages)
Tin Hats and Trenches (World War 1)
Mystical Mayans (Early civilizations)
The Incredible Indus Valley (Early civilsation)
Stones 'n' bones (Stone age to Iron age)
Fire! Fire! (The Great Fire of London - a signifcant event in British history)
How to train your dragon (Vikings)
Me and My Bear (Toys from the past)
Through these Learning Contexts, within our skills based curriculum, we ensure that there is a balance between the acquisition of historical skills and knowledge.
We want to stimulate children’s interest in the past and how it relates to their own lives. We want them to be able to empathise with people from the past and know about their own history in the context of their country and the wider world.
Another way that we bring history alive for children is through drama, visits to places of historical interest (Stonehenge, SS Great Britain, Fosbury Hill Fort (Oxenwood)), storytelling and visits from experts and ‘characters’ ('Horsa' the Viking Warrior, WW1 Tommy, Grace Darling’s father, Howard Carter).