- Year 5 have been creating artwork at home inspired by the Benin bronzes.
- As part of our Ancient Benin History topic, we've been producing clay tiles based on the Benin Bronzes.
History at London Fields Primary
We are passionate about History at London Fields. Studying history gives pupils the opportunity to develop an understanding of why the world and its people are the way they are today. They begin to ask questions as they explore the diversity of human experience, past lives and societies. As of September 2014, we have been following the new History Curriculum which focuses on British history. By the end of their primary education, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day and will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this is the need to look at world history. At London Fields the children will explore life in the ancient civilisations, including Ancient Sumer, the Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, developing their understanding of trends over time and across concurrent civilisations. They will also study life in the Kingdom of Benin and will learn about the history of Hackney.
At London Fields, children develop an understanding of how History has had an impact on our lives today both locally, nationally and internationally. Whilst it is important for children to learn facts, we wish to encourage independent and critical thinking which will foster an understanding of ‘why’ as well as ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘where’. Lessons are planned so that there is time for discussion and debate, fostering an environment of enquiry which enables children to revise and justify their opinions as well as encouraging children to ask as well as answer questions about history. We believe that History should be an interactive subject which strives to ignite a child’s natural curiosity. Each History topic includes opportunities for children to investigate, handle artefacts and pictorial evidence, watch historical footage, take part in role play activities, visit relevant sites and museums and where appropriate, experience oral history, engaging with historical characters and ways of life.
How is History currently taught across Key Stages?
Children study a number of History topics throughout the year. Each topic is carefully planned to ensure pupils gather knowledge about the historical period while also developing the essential characteristics of historians. Each History topic builds upon the knowledge learned in previous years and topics so that pupils develop a deep understanding of the key 'big ideas' in History. These are:
- Investigate and interpret the past.
- Build an overview of world history.
- Understand chronology.
As pupils develop their understanding of these 'big ideas' in a range of contexts, so too will they develop the ability to be independent learners, using the key historical skills they have gained to analyse, question and compare sources of evidence to form their own judgement about the past.
At London Fields Primary, we believe that fieldwork trips are highly valuable for cementing historical understanding and bringing history to life. As well as being lucky enough to be situated within easy access of some of the country’s most prestigious historical venues such as The British Museum, The Museum of London, The Tower of London and The Imperial War Museum and even Pudding Lane itself!
We are extremely lucky to be based in London with a wealth of cultural opportunities just at our finger tips. Staff are constantly looking for new experiences that will enrich the learning of their pupils. Previous History trips have taken us further afield to Butser Farm, Lullingstone Roman Villa and the Verulamium in St Albans. We also organise talks and workshops, some of which have a cross-curricular link (e.g. Egyptian dancing and instruments) and some where an expert shares their knowledge with the children in a creative capacity. We regularly report on these on our blog so do have a look each week and see what’s been going on!
History at Home
Living in London provides our children with a great opportunity to discover more about the past. As well as being showcased in many museums, history is everywhere – in buildings, blue plagues and our old city wall! Children can also learn a lot from our own personal stories of the past which allow them to understand that the world changes with each generation. At London Fields we actively encourage children to continue their research at home. Below are some websites you might find useful: