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History

History at The Russell School helps our children to develop their skills of investigation and research in order to develop their understanding and knowledge of people and events in the past.

Children consider how the past influences the present and what past societies were like. In history, our children find evidence and then consider whether it is reliable, thereby developing valuable skills for life.

Our school follows the National Curriculum for History, complemented by further supplementary material. History is taught under the umbrella of Imaginative Learning Projects.

In Key Stage One children begin to discover how their lives are different to those of people in the past. They start to develop a sense of chronology and to look at how different sources of evidence and artifacts can help them to discover the past.

  • In Year One, children study history through exciting projects such as 'Memory Box' (learning about their own place in history), 'Moon Zoom' (finding out about the lives of significant individuals such as Neil Armstrong) and 'Bright Lights, Big City' (The Great Fire of London). 
  • In Year Two, children again study history through Imaginative Learning Projects including 'Land Ahoy' (finding out about the lives of significant individuals such as Grace Darling) and 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets' (significant historical events beyond their living memory).  

In Key Stage Two, children start to investigate past societies and consider how people’s opinions of the past may vary. They learn about change and continuity in the local area and use different sources of information to help them investigate the past. They also learn that the past can be interpreted in different ways.

  • In Year Three, our study of history includes Ancient Greece ('Gods and Mortals') and changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age ('Tribal Tales').   
  • In Year Four, we look at the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain ('I am Warrior!') and  the Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for England to the time of Edward the Confessor ('1066').
  • In Year Five, we examine 14th Century Britain in 'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence' and the effects of the Tudors on 16th Century Britain in 'Off With Her Head!'.
  • In Year Six, we look at the impact on Britain of the Victorian era in 'Revolution' and also complete a study of World War Two in 'Take Cover'.