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Year 1

We look at changes within living memory. We compare our Grandparent's and Great Grandparent's lives with our own. We look at the changes in school life, toys, homes, games and transport. We invite our Grandparents in to talk about their lives. We look at artefacts, play games and sing songs from the past. We link our learning with art, drama and music.

We learn about the life of a significant individual in the past who has contributed to national life. We look at the life and achievements of Florence Nightingale and locate them on a timeline. We use pictures, stories and artefacts to help our learning. We will link our learning to science, art and drama. We visit the Florence Nightingale museum and meet a real life Florence! We have a visit from a modern day nurse who shows us the importance of hygiene. We have a Florence Nightingale day when we dress up as nurses and soldiers and try and imagine what it was like to travel to and work in the Scutari hospital.

Year 2

We look at an event beyond living memory which is significant nationally or globally. We learn about the Great Fire of London and take a visit to the area where it took place.  We will learn about how this event has influenced our lives today through the introduction of the fire brigade and street planning. We will look at evidence from important people of the time e.g. Samuel Pepys and Christopher Wren. We will link our learning to literacy and DT and drama.

We look at the life of a significant individual in the past who has contributed to national and international achievements. We learn about the lives of Henry Eighth and Elizabeth First and look at their influence on religious life and society today.

We look at significant historical events, people and place in our own locality. We learn about the World Wars and the impact they had on Banstead and people in the local area. We link this learning to Remembrance Day and visit Banstead War Memorial. We learn why it is important to remember the people who died and the different ways we can remember them. We will link this learning to art and literacy.

Year 3

We learn about the significant changes in Britain from the Stone Age through to the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. We locate the different periods on our history timeline. We learn about what life was like then and compare it to our own. We have to decide which period of history we would rather live in. We will learn about the different tools people made and understand how and why hunting methods changed. We will look at evidence and artefacts from places like Skara Brae to help our understanding.  We will link our learning to DT, art, literacy, IT and RE.

We learn about the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians. We learn about Pharaohs, pyramids and their different beliefs and traditions. We will look at artefacts and different sources to enhance our learning and enjoy a visit to the British Museum. We will imagine what it was like to be an Ancient Egyptian and dress up for a whole day! We will link our learning to drama, dance, literacy and art.

Year 4

We learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. We learn about who the Romans were, where they lived and the impact they had on British society e.g. Roads, trading and language. We will learn about the important people from the time e.g. Julius Caesar and Boudicca and we will link our learning to maths, literacy, Geography and DT.

We study Ancient Greece and its achievements and influence on the western world. We will understand how their lives were different to ours but how we are still influenced by many of their achievements today e.g. alphabet and numbers. We will play snakes and ladders with Greek numbers! We will study some Greek myths and legends and learn the story of the first Marathon. We will link our learning to maths, literacy and Geography.

We study a historical site that is significant in our locality. We look at the history of Epsom Downs and its impact on the local area. We will learn about the life and importance of Emily Davidson and write diary entries. We will link our learning to art, literacy and Geography.

Year 5

We learn about Britain's settlement by the Anglo-Saxons and Scots. We learn where the Anglo-Saxons came from, why they came and where they settled. We will learn about why the Scots invaded England and look at the impact of both invasions upon society today. We will visit the British Museum to look at artefacts from the period. We will link our history to literacy by looking at the Beowulf poem and art by making Anglo-Saxon houses from matchsticks and tissue.

We study Mayan civilisation who lived in Mexico from AD200 -900. We learn about Mayan beliefs and traditions. We will understand how they are different to ours. We will link our learning to art, maths and science by making Mayan headdresses, looking at the Mayan number system and studying star charts.

Year 6

We learn about the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons and their struggle for the Kingdom of England to 1066. We learn about where and when the Vikings lived and why they invaded England. We will learn about Alfred the Great and understand the impact of the Viking invasions on Britain today e.g. place names. We will investigate the impact of Anglo-Saxon laws and justice on our lives today. We will link our learning to art as we create our own long boats and we will have a visit from a real life Viking! We will use a wide range of resources to investigate the past e.g. ICT, maps, books and artefacts.

We will study World War Two as a significant turning point in British history. We learn about when and why the War happened and important people from the period e.g. Hitler and Churchill.  We will look at the impact the War had on people at the time, on our own families’ lives and our lives today. We will look at artefacts from World War Two such as letters, diaries, newsreels and medals. We will investigate what it was like to live during the War and be a child evacuated to the countryside. We will link our learning to literacy, art and drama.

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