At Holy Trinity, children are immersed in historical enquiry through our Primary Years. From Year 1 to Year 6, our half-termly history topics 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 2, children gain historical perspective in the context of our local area, looking at Kidderminster’s historical carpet industry. Similarly, in Year 5, children inquire into the English Civil war, with a particular focus on the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
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 and Ancient Rome.
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, history-based trips include Bewdley Museum, the Heritage Severn Valley Railway and The Commandery museum in Worcester.
Wherever possible, history-based units of inquiry also link to teaching and learning in English, as well as geography and Art as examples. Teachers use high-quality texts to further enrich the children’s understanding of specific historical eras and events.
History is assessed against the National Curriculum objectives.