HistoryLearning history should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.” Working towards this ideal is an essential focus for the history curriculum at St Olave’s.  Learning history will help pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.  It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, which is an essential part of developing an enquiring mind, and promotes curiosity and originality. 

Learning history will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.  History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as discovering their own identity and the challenges of their time.

History is an exciting subject to learn at St Olave’s.  It combines fascinating stories with challenging questions and ideas, and encourages pupils to think for themselves about both the past and the present. 

Curriculum

 

Christmas

Easter

Summer

J1

Chronology
Anglo-Saxons/Vikings
Reasons for invasion
Settlement
Seafaring
Archaeology/Evidence

Anglo Saxon/Viking Culture
Village life
Religion
Kings and leading figures

Aztecs - introduction
timeline
Settlement

The Aztecs
Sources

Farming
Aztec society
Religion
Cortes and the end of the Empire

J2

The Norman Conquest
Cause and Consequences
Fighting
William takes control
Domesday
Castle Building
Feudalism

Could people have fun in Medieval England?
Comparison of life then and now
town life compared to rural life.
Methods of farming
The importance of the Church
Guilds and Crafts
Medieval Games

The Benin Kingdom
A world study to provide insight into the way in which people lived as part of the Benin Kingdom.

J3

Tudor England
Using source skills to discover the truth about Richard III, discovering how Henry VII made peace and finding out what Henry VIII was really like as a king.

The Reformation
Discovering the reasons for the dissolution of the monasteries, and considering the significance and impact of the changes that were made, independent monastery research task, describing change and continuity in the church under the Tudor Monarchs.

Elizabeth I
Considering Elizabeth’s secrets to success and the using source skills to make inferences about a selection of her portraits.

Heritage Study
Planning and preparing for our visit to Hardwick Hall, considering the importance of history in our communities.

J4

An introduction to the First World War
An introduction to the causes of the First World War and an overview of fighting in the trenches.

The Gunpowder Plot
Can we really trust the story that has been told?

Why did Civil War break out in England in the reign of Charles I?
An overview of the causes, prioritising factors and constructing explanation.

How was the Civil War fought?
Visit to the Royal Armouries in Leeds, outcome of fighting.

Why have interpretations of Oliver Cromwell changed over time?
What was life like in Cromwell’s England?  An interpretations study into why people have remembered Cromwell in different ways.

What can the Plague tell us about life in London in the Seventeenth Century?
What can we learn about the ideas and beliefs held at the time from the “cures” and “causes” of the Plague?

How were ideas changing in Eighteenth Century England?
Inventions of the scientific revolution, describing change and continuity.

J5

The Social and Economic Impact of the Industrial Revolution
Assessing the nature of change, social impacts and public health reform.

The Slave Trade
Why was it so difficult to abolish the slave trade?Developing knowledge and understanding of the nature of the trade, and considering interpretations of the abolition.

The French Revolution
Assessing the significance of the French Revolution for different groups in France.