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History @ Denbigh CPS

At Denbigh, History is taught through a topic to provide children with cross-curricular opportunities. Our staff aim to inspire pupil’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Our curriculum is designed to give pupils a sense of identity by studying the past to understand the present and to inform the future. We encourage our pupils to be inquisitive by asking and answering questions, making predictions and reasoning with the teacher as the facilitator, con-contractor and co-participant to create young historians.

 

Our key concepts:

  • Interpreting evidence
  • Chronology
  • Changes and continuity
  • Cause and consequence
  • Significant people, places and events

 

In EYFS the children learn about their own history and events in their own past, which is relevant to them and gives them a sense of time. KS1 builds upon previous learning by continuing to look at events within their living memory and then beginning to extend this to look at events beyond their memory. Year 1 and 2 topics are linked to the local area and local historical famous people to make this meaningful for the children.

 

In key stage two history is taught in chronological order so that our children receive a coherent, chronological narrative from the earliest times to the present day. This affords our pupils the opportunity to make links and build on their previous learning.

 

We make every effort to develop meaningful and memorable links between subjects to give our pupils a cross-curricular context. Through our link with North Tyneside’s library service, we are able to immerse the children in their topics by using books and real artefacts in our classrooms. This allows the children to experience our topics first hand and puts it into a meaningful context for them allowing them to deepen their understanding of the topic. We create engaging lessons using drama and to reinforce their learning, we employ theatre groups and visitors to bring the subject alive. Visitors and educational trips are frequently used across the whole school where possible in every year group to allow the children first-hand experiences. Throughout the year we have special subject dress up days to fully immerse the children in their learning. As well as a whole school heritage day which children spend working alongside specialists from various local industries to give our children an insight into life in the past. Grandparents and great grandparents also play a vital part in this by coming along and sharing their experiences and stories, as well as allowing our children to ask questions about their lives.

 

Staff at Denbigh know that good History occurs in our school when:

  • It is led by the children, interests them and is memorable to them.
  • Children are talking, laughing, engaged and enjoying History through a range of interactive and practical activities.
  • Children are actively involved in their own learning, asking questions, looking for the answers and planning their own work.
  • History is differentiated and inclusive with children making progress throughout the lesson.
  • Good quality assessment and Assessment for Learning is used to inform planning and builds on children’s prior learning.

 

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Elephants had an amazing day at Segedunum today. This was the finale of our Frontiers Voices project. We got to see our completed art work, it looks fantastic! We are so proud of what we have a achieved and learned as part of our local heritage. We also got to make Roman helmets which we wore in the afternoon for the museum takeover. We loved sharing our work and learning experience with our parents. If you can pop along a see it! #dcpselephant #dcpshistory #dcpsgeography #dcpsart #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 4 have had a great day at Segedunum, we created our own Roman helmets and had chance to look at our art work in the exhibition. In the afternoon we invited our parents to come and see our work and we loved being able to share our learning. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpshistory #dcpsart #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 2 had a very exciting experience using the VR headsets again in topic. Our new topic is Pirates so we got to go underwater and see a shipwreck, walk around the deck of a ship and see a ship at sea. #dcpscore #dcpsdragon #dcpscomputing #dcpshistory ... See MoreSee Less

Elephants had a brilliant day at Newcastle Cathedral today. We enjoyed exploring the different areas of the Cathedral using our compass points to navigate our way round. We found out about the importance of the building, it’s history and why it was built in it’s current location. In our workshop we created silhouettes of the city of Newcastle using images to see how the city has changed overtime. #dcpselephant #dcpsre #dcpshistory #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 4 Giraffes continued with their workshop this afternoon, we used what we had learnt about how Newcastle had changed over time and created our own city silhouettes. #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsre #dcpshistory #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

The Dragons have just started their new topic, pirates! We have started our learning by designing our own pirate ship flag for Blackbeard. #dcpscore #dcpsdragon #dcpshistory ... See MoreSee Less

The Whales put their debating skills to the test this afternoon in History! They had to analyse sources of information about Queen Mary I and decide whether or not she truly deserved the nickname ‘Bloody Mary.’ The children had some fantastic discussions, points of view and showed off their debating flair. Well done Whales! #dcpswhale #dcpshistory #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 1 Panda Class loved celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at school on Friday. We made crowns, bunting and flags and placed significant moments throughout Queen Elizabeth ll’s life on a chronological timeline. We absolutely loved our garden party with Her Royal Majesty, as we celebrated with cupcakes and juice! A fantastic day with a fantastic class! #dcpspanda #dcpshistory #dcpspshe #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

The Whales thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the Queen’s jubilee. They loved the cupcakes, juice and taking pictures with our Queen Elizabeth 👑 #dcpswhale #dcpscore #dcpshistory ... See MoreSee Less

Elephants have had a lovely day celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. We began by designing and making crowns ready for our Jubilee party. After some lovely cakes, we spent the day researching facts about the Queen. Ask us what we found out! #dcpselephant #dcpshistory #dcpspshe #queensjubilee ... See MoreSee Less

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