History is all around us and is part of who we are. It is being made right now and is constantly changing and evolving. When teaching history at our school, we want to ignite a life-long passion in our pupils to learn about the past and engage their curiosity to discover how their world has changed over time.
Through our curriculum, we teach our pupils about key figures from the past who have influenced our lives and events that have shaped the world we live in. As well as looking at global history, we also look at the history of our country and the local history of Faringdon. We feel it is important for children to learn about the past to help them to understand their place in the world; locally, nationally and globally.
From the children
"I loved learning about Ancient Egypt, especially about mummification and how they pulled out people's brains through their noses!" Mollie, Year 3
"I am so excited about our new space topic, I can't wait to find out how they travelled to space!" Lunar, Year 1
"I really enjoyed learning about Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II. Elizabeth I lived a long time ago and they wore different clothes. She used lots of dangerous things for her make-up!" Lauren, Year 2
"I loved all our history topics this year. One of my favourite lessons was when we got to be hunter gatherers and 'hunt' animals and 'gather' berries in the wood." Teddie, Year 3
From the History Co-ordinator
Hi, I'm Mrs Gauntlett and I'm the History Co-ordinator for Folly View Primary. History was always my favourite subject at school and I loved it so much that I studied it at university! My goal is that the children at Folly View Primary will love history as much as I do. I am so excited about the topics that we teach at our school. We start with our youngest children by looking at their own personal history - their families and the people around them, expanding as they get older to look at the local history of Faringdon, national history and then world history. Some of my favourite topics at FVP include learning about people who stood up for what they believe in - Rosa Parks and Greta Thunberg, the history of space travel and the Ancient Egyptians! By the time the children leave our school, they will have a deep understanding of a variety of historical periods and how the lives of people during these times can impact their lives today.
Below is the History Policy and long term plan for Folly View Primary School.
The document below shows an overview of the core knowledge and understanding that should be covered within History across EYFS, KS1 and KS2, which is taken from the Development Matters and National Curriculum documents.
History Curriculum Map
Below is the document detailing our coverage of the History objectives from Nursery to Year 4. It shows the different history topics that are taught in each year group and how the History objectives fit into each of these topics. Each topic is taught via an enquiry question, such as 'Who stood up for what they believe in?'
At Folly View Primary, we want to make sure that our pupils have a rich and rounded education, building on what they have learnt in the previous year. In History, we focus on key knowledge concepts (themes) within our different topics, to build upon and show progression.
These core concepts are:
The progression document below shows how these strands are built upon as a pupil progresses through our school.
What does History look like at Faringdon Infant School?
The Platinum Jubilee
We loved celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee at our school! We had a day of learning all about the Queen and even had our own 'street party' on the field for lunch! We looked at celebration plates from previous Jubilees and had a go at making our own. We read stories about the Queen and found out about all the changes that she has seen in her life.
Black History Month
In October we celebrated Black History Month. This is not the only time we celebrate black figures from history but we took this opportunity to choose a different man or woman from history to learn more about. Have a look below at some of our learning!