At Blagdon Primary, History is organised in 3 large topics across the 6 terms each year, alternating with Geography. History is taught discreetly with the opportunity to explore key facts and knowledge along with cross-curricular elements when appropriate. There are many engaging activities to excite and inspire our children, with themed days, visits and visitors adding to the whole experience where relevant. These include a visit to Caerleon to learn about Roman life, visiting MShed to learn about local history, or Lyme Regis to hunt for fossils and learn about Mary Anning. Visits to us have included 'real' Pirates, Mayans and Saxons and people from other periods in history coming for the day and visits from members of the Blagdon History Society to help us to know just what life was like here in Blagdon during WWII. We also ensure a good range of high quality texts are available to children on each topic for enjoyment or for research.
In addition to learning about a topic in one-half term, in depth, the topic is then revisited as ‘Topic 20’ in the next half-term, or we study something closely related. Topic 20 allows children in KS1 to revisit and deepen their understanding by having the opportunity to remember and apply their learning in a different way. The children will do this using short burst lessons, at least 2 or 3 times in a week. In KS2 this is also the focus, however the children have the opportunity to write at length on a range of subjects and with depth about their topic and explore areas of interest to them as a class, enabling them to excel.
History Curriculum Intent
History Disciplinary and Substantive Concepts