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History Curriculum

At St Peter and St Paul CE (VA) Primary School history is a valued subject within our curriculum.  Teachers plan experiences which foster children's fascination with the past, develops their chronological understanding and equips them with the skills to investigate.  We recognise learning from the past is a fundamental way in which a society transmits its cultural heritage from one generation to the next.  History allows children to develop an appreciation of what went before as well as how they can learn from historical events.

History is taught in every year group through Creative Themes which are cross-curricular and designed to engage and develop curiosity.  The curriculum allows children to develop their historical knowledge as well as key historical skills and practise these within different contexts.  These skills are: chronological skills; range and depth of knowledge; interpretation of history; and historical enquiry.  Skills are repeated throughout the year and progress as children move up through school.

Learning is enriched and made memorable by a range of activities, visits and visitors.  These are often organised as a hook to spark children's interest.  For example, in the juniors, our Year 6 children learn all about mummification first hand from the experts at Bexhill Museum, whilst our Year 3 children have the opportunity to handle and explore primary sources from the Stone Age.  Infant children are enthused by a 'Dinosaur Dig' in Year 1 and a real 'Fire of London' experience in Year 2.

We mark historical milestones as we believe this is an important part of children's learning.  We held a whole school History Week to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings during which children created the Bayeux Tapestry, learned all about the battle and took part in a whole school re-enactment.  To mark the World War I centenary every child made a poppy for our 'Corridor of Remembrance' and they were inspired by the stories of veterans who visited us.

To see an overview of history skills progression in our school click here.

Year 3 visit to Kent Life

Year 3 enjoyed a trip to Kent Life where they took part in different workshops which included: Evacuee Experience, Home Guard training, RAF Navigation, Rag Rug making and ARP Experience.

Year 3 and Year 6 visits to Bexhill Museum

Year 3 visited Bexhill Museum to handle World War II artefacts and learn all about Bexhill during the war.  Year 6 visited to handle and learn about Egyptian artefacts.

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