Our History curriculum takes children on a journey from prehistory to modern times, covering:
- Royal rulers and how they impacted the lives of people living in those periods
- Explorers who took journeys into the unknown, and how this changed the lives of people in that time and beyond
- Key historic periods in Britain, and in the local area of Northamptonshire
- How the British Isles were shaped by our Roman and Viking conquerors; battles and resistance, key individuals and what life was like for the Britons and the Celts
- What ancient civilisations looked like, how they were ruled, how they lived and traded; what they achieved and the impact of this on future civilisations
- How the Great Wars (1 & 2) came about, the role of leaders and parliament; impact on life for those at home and abroad; similarities and differences in the wars
- The Sixties in the USA / Vietnam and the Peace Protest; understanding key events that led to the Vietnam War, how this impacted those living in Vietnam then and now; comparing this to previous learning of World War 1 & 2, exploring opposing viewpoints and recognising cause and consequence
We seek to build links for our children as they gain knowledge, so that by the end of their time at Preston Hedges School they can:
- Understand different models of leadership and government
- Be discerning about historical sources and recognise the impact of partiality within this
- Recognise similarities and differences across historical periods
- Ask questions and make judgements based on evidence
- Recognise that modern life has been built on the success and failures of a significant period of human history
Alongside their substative curriculum knowledge, children are encouraged to develop their historical enquiry knowledge year on year, to ensure they advance year on year their ability to analyse and interpret history, and work as historians.
Each year we build on previous knowledge, enabling children to evaluate that year’s area of learning against their growing body of historical knowledge. Staff continously assess our pupils to further support or challenge each child’s learning as appropriate to ensure a personalised learning journey.