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History

History Intent at Holy Family

 

History is all around us. Our History Curriculum ignites children’s interest about the past in Britain and the wider world and is designed to build on children’s prior learning, introduce new experiences and enable children to make connections between their skills, knowledge and concepts and work independently and collaborating with others. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What children will learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values and enable them to enhance their cultural capital and know about life beyond Stainforth. At Holy Family, our intent, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.

Year 5- Baghdad and the Middle East

Year 5 have been learning all about the history of Baghdad and the Middle East. From how it was created, to the end of the Islamic Empire, we have been exploring the culture, academia and religion of this beautiful city.

Take a look at some of the wonderful pictures of our classroom, our books and our work and we can't wait to share our finished journey.

 

Year 4 - Maya Civilization

This half term, the children in year 4 are learning all about the Maya Civilization in Topic. The children have been really interested in this topic so far and have learnt lots already. This week in our learning journey, the children learnt about the Maya social hierarchy, different Maya artefacts and looked at different cities where the Maya people lived. 

Y3 - Stone Age

Children in Reception have been looking at similarities and differences between things in the past and now.

Year 6 have produced some fantastic work on WWI - learning about how WWI started, who was involved in the war, trench warfare, the role women played during WWI and how WWI ended...

Reception children have been learning all about Chinese New Year.

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The children enjoyed every activity and were able to explain why they were making lanterns and red envelopes.

In Nursery we enjoyed exploring the past through family photographs from the last 100 years, as well as looking at some precious artefacts. Children compared how sweet wrappers have changed over time, from Wilkinson's Pontefract Cakes sold in tins in the 1950s to Haribo Pontefract Cakes sold in plastic wrappers in 2022. We also compared how children's cough sweets have changed too, and that they must taste a lot better now!

Reception read stories, looked at pictures and artefacts about the past to promote lots of discussion about things from long ago. We shared pictures of our families and discussed how there are many different families.

Artefacts Supporting our Learning in Year One!

Year Two Black History

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Year Two joined author Serlina Boyd, creator of Cocoa Girl magazine, to hear all about her book Cocoa Girl Awesome Hair a celebration of beautiful black hair, featuring real life girls who love their hair. Serlina spoke to children about why she wrote her book, and shared more about the history of Black hair, Black role models and Black culture. In Topic lessons we then learnt all about Mary Seacole and why she is important.We compared Mary Seacole to Florence Nightingale and their experiences as nurses during the Crimean War. Year Two combined all they has learnt about Mary Seacole and made a fact file about her!

LOOK! A beautiful collection of every significant step children have taken in their learning. A collection of photographs, their writing, painting, drawing put in a creative way.

Vibrant Historical learning environments at Holy Family are every where; walls, windows and ceilings. Thought has been given to learning prompts, key vocabulary, photographs celebrating achievement and displays show high-quality children's work.

Year 6's trip to Eden Camp

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The following video shows Year 6's trip to Eden Camp - what a fantastic day! This was used to enhance our WWII topic where children recorded lots of different facts about different aspects of the war whilst having fun with their friends along the way. Many children commented, "This is the best trip we have ever been on!" 

Year Two Dinosaurs

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Year Two really immersed themselves into our topic of dinosaurs. We sketched our own fossils as well as taking on the role of palaeontologists and finding our own fossils. Also, we learnt how to grow a dinosaur and wrote a creative set of instructions so everyone can grow their own dinosaur. We had so much fun and tried new experiences on our topic journey!

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