At Holy Trinity, children are immersed in historical enquiry through our Primary Years Programme. From Year 1 to Year 6, our half-termly PYP ‘units of inquiry’ allow children to fulfil the National Curriculum requirements in a child-led and child-centred manner.
We ensure that history teaching inspires our children’s curiosity in the world around them. For example, in Year 1, children gain historical perspective in the context of our local area, looking at Worcestershire’s historical carpet industry. Similarly, in Year 3, children inquire into ‘Holy Trinity past and present’, contrasting the life of students at the school’s founding in 1903 with the modernisation of the school and children’s lives today.
Children learn the chronological progression of British history from the Paleolithic era to the present day, including looking in-depth at both world wars. By Year 6, children have garnered the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to analyse how historical events have impact on current affairs, in, for example, their unit of inquiry based upon human migration. Children are skilled in scrutinising historical evidence in terms of its authenticity, using various secondary sources of information and primary sources where possible.
Children also look further afield, in inquiries into Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome and the Mayans.
The children’s learning in history is enriched by theme days, artefacts, the use of ICT for independent research and high-quality day trips. For example, recent history-based trips include Bewdley Museum, the Heritage Severn Valley Railway and Blists Hill Victorian town and museum.
PYP units of inquiry present myriad cross-curricular opportunities. Wherever possible, history-based units of inquiry also link to teaching and learning in English. Teachers use high-quality texts to further enrich the children’s understanding of specific historical eras and events.
Our teachers are skilled in ensuring that a child-led, PYP pedagogy also meets the demands of the national curriculum, and steer some inquiry in order to do so. History is assessed against the National Curriculum objectives.