Subject Lead: Miss Holly McGowan
At Stanley Park Infants’ School, we believe that a good historian should be able to look at the significance of past events and use evidence to further develop their historical knowledge and thinking. Our history curriculum covers a wide range of topics that are of the most relevance and interest to the children at SPIS, meaning that by the end of their time with us they will have a good historical knowledge of the wider world and of their own personal history.
How we teach History
At SPIS, our aim in the teaching and learning of History is to give our pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding of the world around them. Historical enquiry allows our children to question, interpret, explain and communicate their reasoning as a historian. Each history topic is launched with a 'key question’ – a question where the answer is unknown at the beginning of the unit, but one that the children will be able to answer by the end. This encourages children to raise questions and deepen their understanding. By the end of the unit, through the use of questions and discussions, children will be able to answer their main topic question. As children move through the school, their knowledge grows across different time periods and they build upon and develop their skills from previous years. To support the children with their enquiries, we make links to modern day scenarios that are relevant to our children within the classroom, history lessons are enriched with a range of different resources and artefacts.
Discover all about Florence Nightingale!
One of the topics in Year 2 is learning about the Great Fire of London. Children learn many different pieces of information about the Great Fire of London, learning about what caused it and why it spread so easily. The children design and make their very own Tudor Houses by looking at the key features of houses that were around when the Great Fire of London happened. The teachers build a model of London in 1666 using the Tudor House made by the children. As a year group, we then re-enact the Great Fire of London by taking the model in the playground and setting it on fire from a safe distance, just like the Great Fire of London! Here are some photos of our reenactment.
Black History Month
One of the topics in Year 1 is looking at the Victorian period and learning about what life would have been like in this time. To fully explore this topic, Year 1 go on a wonderful trip to the Rural Life Sentence. They dress up as Victorian’s and get to experience life in a Victorian school.