Learning Overviews

History is taught in all years in the school. Year 5 and 6 pupils have one lesson per week Classes are taught in mixed ability groups by specialist Humanities and English teachers at KS2. In Year, 7 pupils have 2 lessons and Year 8 one lesson per week.  All lessons are in mixed ability classes with subject specialists.

  • How do you know who you are unless you know where you’ve come from?
  • How can you tell what’s going to happen, unless you know what’s happened before?

History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are who we are – and about what’s next. St. Edward’s pupils study many different aspects of the past, finding out about the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the societies studied”. History rooms are all equipped with an interactive whiteboard and there is a strong emphasis on the use of drama, ICT and independent learning.

Pupils are encouraged to learn the tools of the Historian; to consider significant events, to evaluate change and continuity and to consider different interpretations of the past.
To help to develop pupils’ understanding, we encourage them to be ‘hands on’ we offer trips to the Imperial War Museum and the Liverpool Slavery Museum; we have a library of wider reading books for pupils to borrow. We have had a variety of one off trips and visits – for example working with visitors on activities to commemorate World War One, a visit from Henry VIII, a trip to Tutbury Castle and we make use of the changing exhibits at the Nicholson Institute and Gallery. We are always open to new ideas and constantly strive to offer a broad and stimulating curriculum. We have close links working alongside Westwood College

Year 5
What was dark about the Dark Age? (Anglo Saxons and Scots)
A comparison with non-European society – 2 lessons on Mayans e.g. culture and 2 on Baghdad
Were the Vikings and Saxons Cruel? Vikings and Anglo Saxon – the struggle of the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
Tudor Exploration: A comparative study between Britain and non-European Civilizations: Native Americans

Year 6
How did the lives of children change? 1750-1900
What was Leek like in 1850? How did it change during the Industrial Revolution?

Year 7
Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
The Norman Conquest changed everything: Do you agree?
What did Medieval people believe in?
How accepted were other religions in Medieval England?
Why did people go on long journeys?
Was John the worst king ever?
What were Medieval people scared of?

Year 8
The Tudor Reformation: Was Mary really bloody?
How accurate is the Tudor roller-coaster?
The Civil War: Did Charles I deserve to die?
Why was there a revolution in France?
How beneficial was the British Empire?

How can parents support pupils in History?

Many pupils enjoy watching “Horrible Histories” on the BBC or reading the books and magazines. They are an interesting and accessible way for pupils to develop their background knowledge. In fact, we like them so much we have written lessons around their songs and magazines as a way of thinking about how historical events have been interpreted!

Any reading that pupils can do at home will help pupils to develop their knowledge and hopefully a love of the subject. We know that many families enjoy days out to museums and castles – pupils learn about the development of castles and complete a research project on castles in Year 7 (Autumn Term) We refer to Tutbury Castle in Year 8 as Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned there before her execution for treason. http://www.tutburycastle.com/

Pupils are sometimes asked to do research at home. Many pupils enjoy this but they sometimes are unsure of which information to include in their work and they “copy and paste” without reading the information. You could support your child by ensuring they write any research in their own words.

There are lots of different websites that pupils could use to complete homework etc. We have added some useful links to the right of the page.

page last updated:27/09/2017