Solent Junior School
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots. “ – Marcus Garvey

History is that tree; whether we think in terms of recent history, local history, ancient history or historical events that changed Britain and the world. This is why the teaching of History is important from early years, right through to Year 6. When their journey at Solent comes to an end, we hope that our pupils understand and can explain key events in modern history; ones that have shaped modern society, particularly in Britain and are aware of how events in the past have shaped and made the present. Our aim for all Solent pupils is to be able to analyse history as well as recall facts. We want them to be able to question history, question different perspectives of history and build their own understanding of events.

By the end of Year 6, Solent pupils should know and understand the history of Britain as a coherent, chronological narrative. We aim for the children to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Therefore, we make lots of links to our school and community with a look at Portsmouth, local historical sites and World War 2 in KS2. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach the children to question these past events and, by so doing, develop the skills of historical enquiry including how evidence is used and the importance of both primary and secondary sources. We want Solent pupils to have a historical perspective, allowing them to understand the connections between local, regional and world history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short-and long- term time scales.

History at Solent is taught through historical enquiry. Each year group has two main historical lines of enquiry each academic year, taught through a period focus, supported by key questions and high-quality resources. For example- Why do we study the Mayan civilisation in school? History is taught for a minimum of 1 hour per week, at the discretion of the year group as to whether that is blocked. Cross curricular links are made wherever possible for example linking to the Year 5 Viking topic, they design and make Viking long boats in DT.

External visitors (e.g. Past Productions- Mayan day); visits e.g. D-Day museum in line with Year 6’s World War 2 topic are incorporated into the curriculum where possible to offer an interactive experience for the children to learn and enjoy history. External visitors and visits are areas which we hope to build upon, over the coming years.