The study of history at Sarisbury Junior School is an active, rich and encompassing experience. The children are taught a broad curriculum covering both British and world history, from ancient times to 1066. In Lower School, the children learn about the history of Britain from the Stone Age through to 1066 in chronological order. In Upper School the children develop their understanding of chronology by studying other ancient civilisations and compare these to ancient Britain. In Year 4 the children investigate the Titanic disaster as a local study and in Year 5 they learn about Tudor and Stuart monarchs in their post-1066 study.
Through investigation, the children develop enquiry and problem solving skills and also learn how past events have influenced our lives today. The ‘six-step’ enquiry approach is embedded in all year groups’ history planning. Each topic has a lead enquiry question which focuses the content of the unit and the majority of the learning will follow the lead enquiry question. Across the school, year groups adopt a cross-curricular approach with history. Meaningful links with literacy, art, geography, ICT, music, drama and dance have been made and are constantly being developed.
History is taught in imaginative ways. Visits to educational sites, the use of artefacts and resources, role play, hot seating, living history groups and specialist visitors all enhance and enrich the children’s learning experience. Each year group makes at least one educational visit linked to history. There are also theme days in each year group when the children and staff wear costumes linked to their topic and carry out drama activities.
For Curriculum 2014, the history overview is:
Year 3: Stone Age to Iron Age Britain; the Roman invasion and the Roman legacy
Year 4: Anglo-Saxon and Viking Britain; Titanic (a local study)
Year 5: The achievements of the Ancient Egyptians; The changing power of monarchy 1509-1649 (post 1066 study)
Year 6: The ancient Maya civilisation (contrast with Britain in AD90); Ancient Greece and the legacy of the Ancient Greeks