"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future."
At Rockmount, the subject of History is taught through a half-termly topic focusing on the knowledge and skills from the National Curriculum. The aim is to provide every child with coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching of History is led by the desire to educate the children on the complexities of peoples lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of time. This links directly and encompasses all our British Values.
In history, we bring the curriculum to life through visits and historical interpreters who visit school with artefacts. We use our local surroundings to ensure that the children who attend our school, regardless of where they live, understand the richness of history, which runs through the community.
Our aim at Rockmount Primary School is to encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. Our children will also be able to explain clearly how these sources give us an insight about how people around the world used to live and how these interpretations may differ. Children will be taught to make links between these areas of learning, with the aim of developing engaged, motivated and curious learners who can reflect on the past and make meaningful links to the present day. Our History curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum.
Children in Year 6 were transported back to the late 1880’s for ‘Victorian Day’. The children experienced everyday life in Victorian England, and they dressed up in fantastic outfits to mark the occasion. We also received a visit from an excellent theatre group who worked with the children to tell the story of Victorian times through drama.
West Norwood Cemetery Visit
To learn more about what life was like in our local area during the Victorian era, children in Year 6 also visited West Norwood Cemetery. The cemetery is home to famous Victorian graves such as those of Isabella Beeton and Sir Henry Tate. The children really enjoyed the visit, and they were able to use their historical reasoning skills to provide explanations for patterns and trends in birth and death rates from the period.
Mary Seacole Workshop
Children in Year 1 were excited to invite ‘Mary Seacole’ to our school to enlighten them about her life and her significant role in the Crimean War. The workshop helped children work towards their history objective, which involves learning about the lives of remarkable individuals from the past who made significant contributions on both national and international fronts. Children learnt more about the key events of Mary’s life through storytelling, song and drama. They especially loved creating their own medicine from herbs and spices, which they used to treat one another’s ‘injuries’.
To put their new nursing skills to the test, the children used our outdoor space to create potions to cure a range of illnesses.