'Learning God's Way'
At St Mary's our intent is to inspire children’s interest in the past and teach them about the lives of people and events, from a range of historical periods, in Britain and the wider world. We teach the children chronology so they can place these key events in context. We encourage the children to use and evaluate a wide range of historical sources and ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
We encourage cross curriculum teaching, where by children experience an understanding of how learning links across a range of subjects. The teaching of history also contributes significantly to the teaching of English in our school by actively promoting the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
At St Mary’s we want every child to share our passion for history and develop their sense of curiosity about the past. We help children to gain an excellent knowledge and understanding of people and events from a range of historical periods. We aim to learn lessons for our own futures by thinking carefully about the consequences of actions in the past.
During these times, teachers are evolving and adapting to a more restricted way of teaching and grouping pupils. With this in mind, teachers are continuing to teach to revise work from the previous year. The children are seated in rows according to government guidelines, with some resources now not as readily available due to the school's Risk Assessment.
Home Learning Ideas
Take a photo of somewhere locally that means a lot to you. It might be a particular building or view, or even a shop or a bench! What makes it special? What do you do there? How does it make you feel when you are there? Write down your reflections with your photo.
Interview one of your older relatives over the phone or via the internet to find out a little more about their childhood. What was school like for them? What did they eat when they were little? What did they play with? Was their childhood very different or similar to yours? Could they share any old photos with you?
You may wish to play these games with a parent/carer to help with your understanding of the words and phrases.
See if you can work in pairs to describe without naming or draw pictures to help your partner guess your historical word. It is trickier than it sounds.
Reception Class words:
the same as, old, different, change,
later, earlier, the past, the present, decade, century, impact, victorians,
changes, sources, differences, stone age, civilisations, monarchy, empire, remember, invade, romans,
primary evidence, secondary evidence, chronology, research,
You may want to print the words out and face them upside down. Can you turn them over and explain their meaning? Remember you can always use a dictionary to help you If you get the meaning correct, you get to keep the card. See if you can play against someone, the winner is the person who keeps the most vocabulary cards.
Below is a link to your child's class page, where you will find more information about the History topics that they will learn in class. There are also some links to websites for your enjoy too.