The concept of a time beyond living memory is a challenging one for all children. It is out intention in teaching History at Langney to keep it as relevant to our pupils as we can. Local History studies (e..g 1066 Battle of Hastings ,The Victorian Seaside) play a part in achieving this. We bring learning to life through expert visitors, historical workshops, themed days and re-enactments.
We also put emphasis on developing enquiry skills, researching and developing empathy whilst teaching the knowledge and understanding of each period or historical theme. Wherever possible we link learning to other subjects in our curriculum such as Art, D.T., English, Music, R.E. in order to not see history in isolation but paint a picture of what life was like in the past and to make links to their present.
As a whole school we have a particular focus on Remembrance Day/ Week every November. In keeping with our intent this has been done through research into two named local soldiers and we have had their living descendants as well as other local experts into school to work with our children.
We are always looking to discover natural talents and expand individual’s interests in History. We have done this through our Scholars Programme. This takes the form of single days where selected children get together across the hub schools to develop their history skills.
The School's Context
It is our responsibility to widen our pupils horizons and what better place to start than with what surrounds them everyday. We have a locality rich in history that we want to expose all of our pupils to. Our town developed into a seaside resort during the Victorian period and benefited immensely from the invention of the train. Also on our doorstep we have the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
By inspiring our pupils to want to find things out about the past , we hope they will develop an appreciation and respect for the world they live in today.
KEY STAGE 1
History is broken down into four areas; Chronological Understanding, Key Individuals/Key events, Historical Enquiry and Local History. Pupils will cover the four areas within each year group with chronological understanding and historical enquiry running through every unit.. Teachers plan using the National Curriculum and the Langney progression framework to ensure that skills are taught progressively. The chosen significant people and events and themes can be changed each academic year to allow for creative ideas and fresh approaches.
. The current units are as follows:
Y1- Guido Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot, The R.N.L.I and Grace Darling, Mary Anning the Fossil Hunter, Seaside -Past and Present.
Y2 The Battle of Hastings, History of Transport, History of Schools.
KEY STAGE 2
History is broken down into three areas. Chronological Understanding, British, Local and World History, Historical Enquiry.
Y3 - Ancient Egypt , Ancient Greece.
Y4- The Stone Age, Changes from Stone Age to Iron Age through a theme(e.g. homes, farming), The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain.
Y5-Anglo Saxons, from Vikings up to 1066, The Mayan Ancient Civilisation.
Y6 -World War 2 in Eastbourne, Crime and Punishment through History.
Whole schools special events also take place :e.g. History Days or Weeks such as Wild West Week, Remembrance Week, Nelson Victor Carter Day.
Teachers formatively assess during lessons and recording these professional judgements on OTrack in real time. These judgements then inform summative judgements for History at the end of Terms 2, 4 and 6. Where necessary children are given extra support or greater depth challenges within the lesson. Verbal Feedback is given to children throughout the lesson to gauge understanding and move individuals on in their learning.