History is important because it helps us gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world.
In Key Stage 2 classes children begin to develop a greater understanding of the chronology of events. They learn what is meant by pre-history through the study of The Stone Age, and go on to learn about some ancient civilisations: Romans, Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Greece. In addition, children find out about cultural and historical changes that have occurred at key times throughout history, from Anglo-Saxons to World War II.
Pupils are inspired to ask questions and find out about the past at all stages of their learning. They do this through the study of interesting historical events and people in Classes 1 and 2, ranging from The Plague, The Great Fire of London, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth I.
At Witnesham we are lucky to live close to historical sites and museums. As a result we often take our learning beyond the classroom, visiting places like Colchester Castle, Framlingham Castle, Duxford Imperial War Museum and Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. Such visits bring history alive; children can see real historical artefacts and participate in practical events, discovering some of the secrets brought to life by archaeologists.