What is the intent of our history curriculum?
Our approach at Bridge Junior School is enable the students to gain a sound understanding of how historical events and significant figures have shaped Britain and the modern world. We believe that children should be able to link events, chronology and make connections through led and independent research. They should be encouraged to critically explore facts and opinions from the past which will help to shape their place as a citizen of conscience in the future.
How will we implement our history curriculum?
We follow the History Programme of Study from the 2014 National Curriculum. At Bridge we follow a Cornerstones programme which allows us to cover all the statutory areas of the National Curriculum.
We explore history in order to create independent thinkers who strive to examine and enquire like historians do. We excite our children with an engaging curriculum which is specifically tailored to our school. This enables the students to explore artefacts and a range of sources which inspires them to undertake their own independent research. We provide opportunities for the children to experience history first-hand through trips, themed days and visitors. We use these experiences to broaden their knowledge and help them to strive to deepen their understanding.
In Key Stage 2 our children ask and answer thoughtful questions and make important connections. They are able to use more historical terms and to compare and contrast trends over time. Our lessons are engaging and bring the past to life; this helps to motivate and inspire the pupils.
Across the school our children will:
- Learn about British history, studying changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age; the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots; Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England up to the time of Edward the Confessor.
- Learn about the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and the Mayans.
- Study aspects and themes of British history beyond 1066, such as WWII and its impact.
- Take part in a whole school black history project
- Involvement in a local year group study relating to the origins of the Victorians in the local area.
Our children are inspired to SHINE and to be the best version of themselves. Through regular studies of significant individuals from the past who have themselves shaped the world we live in, we hope our children will be enthused to make a difference. To engage with issues of the present which will in turn help them to prepare for matters of the future.
In Summer 1 the children in at Bridge have enjoyed learning a range of history topics. In year 4, the pupils have been studying the Romans and have learnt about fearsome warriors, brave Boudicca and gruesome gladiators. The children have been able to make comparisons and learn from objects from the past by taking part in artefact handling sessions. In classes the children were able to sample porridge prepared and cooked in front of them and to write an accurate set of instructions. The students all enjoyed their end of topic Roman day, participating in food tasting, dress up, singing and craft-based activities.
In year 5, the students have been studying the Victorians and have been looking at local studies of the area. The children have had the opportunity to learn what it would have been like living in Victorian Leicester and have explored famous artists from the era such as William Morris. The children have engaged in role play and dress up and have had so much fun taking part in Victorian photo shoots.
The children in year 6 have also been learning about the Mayans after their exploration of the geography topic of Viva Mexico. They have learnt about the ancient civilization and have created some impressive PowerPoints to show and share their knowledge.
We have had a busy, fun and interesting term learning more about the past.
Celebrating History across the school
Celebrating and Learning about VE Day at Bridge
Click on the document below and have a look at the PowerPoint Mrs Briggs has created. There are plenty of learning ideas and creative activity suggestions.
Make sure you share your work, celebrations and photographs with your teachers on Seesaw.
Historic England VE Day Activities
Click on the links below and have a go at the activities to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 2020.
Picture News VE Day Resource
'I Spy' Activity Trail:
On Tuesday 27th September, Class 5 and their parents had the opportunity to be the first school group to try out the new 'I Spy Activity Trail'. The trail was created by Leicester City Council and experts at the University of Leicester who designed the activity for families. It allows children and adults to turn into detectives and learn about the historical features in the city centre, in a fun way.
The Heritage manager for Leicester schools, Mr. Ismail Dale joined Class 5 to lead the trip. All of the children, accompanying parents and teachers learnt something new and interesting about the history of Leicester. Mrs. Cox and Mrs. Amor (Class 5)
The trip was featured in the Leicester Mercury and on BBC Radio Leicester. Please see the links below.
We have worked closely with English Heritage over the past three years in a number of exciting projects.
Our association began through our regular use of Leicester New Walk Museum and gaining a two year grant from English Heritage to promote a greater understanding of historical development.
Each event has involved children and parents including:
- A visit to Coventry Cathedral and the RAF Museum at Brize Norton (linked with the Michael Morpurgo book “Elephant in the Garden”.)
- Developing the Richard III exhibition and explaining DNA at Leicester University.
- In-school workshops on the Holocaust.
- Visits to Burrough on the Hill Iron Age Fort.
- Staff workshops on archaeology and Stone Age Britain.