Ireland Wood Primary School
Immerse, Inspire, Include

Curriculum  »  History

At Ireland Wood, we use our immerse curriculum to ensure that every child is motivated to learn about their topic. In history this has been particularly visable! We have seen so many amazing events take place around school to bring topics to life for the children. Some of these include; digging trenches, finding a dragon in the classroom and even having classrooms transformed into rainforests!

Our current topics are:

Years 1 and 2
Once Upon A Time...

Years 3 and 4
The Marvellous Mayans

Years 5 and 6
World War 1
Year 4 on their Mayan chocolate adventure!

This term, our Year 4 and Year 3 classes went to York Chocolate Story to explore the history of chocolate - relating to their Mayan topic. As the Mayan Civiliastion had a very different relationship to chocolate than we have today, we felt it was important for the children to visualise this and experience it first hand. They did this by making a Mayan chocolate drink, and then comparing them to the ones we make today. They loved every second!

Year 3 explore the Mayan civilisation

Year 3 delved further into the history of the Mayan civilisation in a Mayan workshop. They were able to become a visual timeline to show the progression of the Maya people, and then use this in their work later on. It was great to see the children so interested in their topic, and so motivated to learn more!

Year 5 and 6 building trenches

At the beginning of the year, Years 5 and 6 were recruited to the West Yorkshire Battalion. They had to sign up, learn how to march and how to clean shoes! Further on in the term, they took the time to create their own trenches and they looked amazing.

Aims of the History National Curriculum

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils: 
  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind 
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’ 
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses 
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.