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St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

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The Intent of History at St Anthony's: 2021


At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, we offer a broad and balanced History curriculum which is fully inclusive and accessible for every child. The curriculum allows children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world (National Curriculum, 2014). We have carefully designed our History curriculum so that children gain this knowledge as they progress through the school. Integral to our History curriculum, is the opportunity for pupils to develop a wide range of skills which can be applied across a range of subjects. Pupils ask perceptive questions, think critically, analyse and interpret evidence, sift arguments and debate, and develop perspective and judgement. We aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about History that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This is done through creative cross-curricular links, meaningful first-hand experiences such as wonder days, visitors and educational visit and the use of engaging resources and artefacts. History teaching at St Anthony’s has a wide application to everyday life, teaching the children to enjoy learning about the past and to have a better understanding of the society in which they live. 

History Policy 2021

History around St Anthony's

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Come and take a look at the wonderful History work on display around our school!

Reception - Captain Tom Wonder Day

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We learnt all about Captain Tom and what made him such a special and inspirational person. Look at all of the wonderful activities we did both at home and at school.

Reception - Remembrance

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We really enjoyed learning all about Remembrance Day. The children were so reflective and said prayers so beautifully around the war memorial we had made.

Reception - The History of Ourselves

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We have been exploring our own histories by looking at photographs of ourselves when we were younger. We used these to talk about how we had changed over time and events from our past. I wonder if you can work out who is in these photographs?
"I've got taller and my hair is longer" said Daisy.
"I couldn't walk or talk but now I never stop talking" said Dolly.

History in Year 1- Wonder Day

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IN Spring Term Year 1 were learning about what it was like to be a pupil of St. Anthony's in the past. We looked at the school building and how it had changed. We also looked at what houses were like and what everyday life was like. We interviewed lots of visitors who were pupils at our school and we asked questions to find our what it was like. To conclude this topic Year 1 had a wonder day, we all dressed up as past pupils and pretended were were living in the past to fully experience what life was like. It was great fun! We even visited our huge timeline on the playground to find when our old school was built, and when our new school was built. We found out that Miss Leonard was not as old as a dinosaur after all, even though she was taught in the old school! Superb enquiry Year 1.

History in Year 1- Remembering Captain Tom Moore

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Year 1 learnt all about Captain Tom Moore and the wonderful things he had achieved in his life.

History in Year 1

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Over the year we have looked at significant events in history and looked at changes through time. Year 1 especially loved acting out The Gunpowder Plot and learning all about Guy Fawkes. They also enjoyed learning about old toys and what their grandparents used to play with as children.

Year 1- Captain Tom Moore Wonder Day (Lives of inspriational people from the past)

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Year 2 - A True Inspiration: Sir Captain Tom Moore

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Year 2 - Christmas in the Past

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Year 2 Life Long Ago workshop - Science/History

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Year 2 - Christmas in the past

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Year 2 visited Abbey House Museum to bring our topic 'Christmas in the past' to life! During our visit, we discovered old decorations, when/how Christmas trees became popular in the United Kingdom, toys which children used to get for Christmas and how Christmas is different from the past and present. We had a wonderful day and enhanced our knowledge and understanding in an experiential way. Take a look at some of our pictures from the day!

Year 3 - History

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Examples of work from the topics 'Anglo Saxons' and 'The Stone Age'.

Year 4 - The Terrific Tudors

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We brought our History topic alive with our Tudor themed day. We found out about the wives of Henry VIII, made Tudor houses and Tudor roses and really enjoyed making and eating Tudor lemon tarts. They were yummy!

Year 4: Captain Sir Tom Moore Wonder Day (inspirational figures from the recent past)

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We very much enjoyed our wonder day where we focused on the life and legacy of Captain Sir Tom Moore. He was a truly inspirational man who touched the hearts of people around the world.

Year 4: Ancient Egypt - Ancient Egyptian Burial Masks

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We investigated why the ancient Egyptians made burial masks. We looked at lots of examples and then designed our own. We followed our designs closely and used a range of materials to create our masks. We evaluated our work and considered any refinements.

Year 4: Ancient Egyptian Artwork

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Inspired by our History topic, Ancient Egypt, we have created some fabulous artwork. We have Egyptian sunsets, sarcophagi and work inspired by Tutankhamun's burial mask. We have used a range of materials including paint, pastels and collage.

Year 4: Tudor Wonder Day 2020

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We all had a wonderful time during our 'Tudor Wonder Day' when we were visited by Henry VIII and Catherine Parr. We found out all about the Tudor monarchs, in particular Henry VIII and discovered what happened to each of his wives. We investigated Tudor artefacts and discussed what they were used for. We also found out about Tudor food, clothing, weapons and punishments.

Year 5 - Chocolate Workshop

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Today, as part of our history work around the Maya, Year 5 were taken on an exciting, comprehensive and very carefully crafted ‘chocolate journey’. The children had to work really hard to become a “Level 10 CHOCOLATOLOGIST” (the highest level!). Here are just a few areas covered today:
 A summary of the history & origins of chocolate from 1000 BC to date, including what the Maya did with cocoa beans
 Where cocoa trees grow and why it’s specific to rainforests and what’s happening to rainforests (deforestation)
 The cocoa harvesting process: what happens on a cocoa tree plantation in a rainforest
 Sensory testing of chocolate using our 5 senses
 The main ideas behind Fairtrade
 A practical chocolate making session

Year 5 Wonder Day - A True Inspiration: Captain Sir Tom Moore

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Over the last year we have been inspired by many people who have worked tirelessly for the good of others. We thank God for all those working in the NHS and those amazing scientists who have given us all hope by developing the vaccine that will hopefully help some form of normality to return. Their work and commitment was recognised by one very special man: Captain Sir Tom Moore who sadly passed away on the 2nd February 2021 at the wonderful age of 100. Today we focused our learning on this inspirational gentleman, learning about his life and the acts of kindness that he showed in his final year. He certainly followed in the footsteps of Jesus and we had a fantastic day learning all about him whether we were in school or at home! Some were inspired to write poetry; others were inspired to create fantastic artwork! Enjoy!

Year 5 - Vikings: A visit to Murton Park

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Today Year 5 were Viking settlers and experienced first-hand the daily life of a Viking family at Murton Park! We arrived in a new land and tried to make a new life for ourselves and families. In our Viking village, we learnt lots of new skills and the hard work and dangers that were part of daily life. As well as domestic tasks such as firewood collecting, grinding grain to make bread and making oil lamps, we also had to learn about farming and how to guard our homes against danger. The day ended with a visit to the longhouse to compare our homes with the home of a Viking Lord, and the arrival of an unexpected visitor...

Year 5 - Maya Archaeologist Visit

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On Friday 13th December, Dr Diane Davies came to visit Year 5. Dr Diane Davies is an archaeologist. During our workshop, we learnt so many fascinating facts on the Maya! Here are some of the things we looked at:

-How archaeologists gain an understanding about the past from only the material remains
-Information about the rainforest and what it is like to work there
-The magnificent achievements of the Maya in architecture, art, maths, astronomy, the calendar, writing and chocolate
-Handling and carrying out historical enquiry with a vast collection of artefacts
-Calculating using the Maya number system

Year 6 - Athenians vs Spartans

In our History work this half term, Year 6 are studying the Ancient Greeks. This week we looked at the fascinating comparison between life in Athens and Sparta. In our groups, we all took on the role of a panel member: host, Athenian, Spartan or a visitor. We worked together to create questions and responses from each panel member and then acted them out in front of our class mates.

Year 6 - Captain Sir Tom Moore

On Friday 12th February, St. Anthony’s celebrated the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore and completed activities throughout the day which were inspired by him and his amazing outlook on life. We started the day by writing poems about him and then all the Year 6 children could select tasks (relating to all areas of the curriculum) to work on independently or with their siblings. Mrs Nicholson really enjoyed looking through all the work we submitted onto Google Classroom, these included: artwork of Captain Tom, fact files, rainbows, 100 mathematical calculations, science experiments linked to the number 100 as well as finding out what Beeston was like 100 years and researching Edward Jenner and the first ever vaccine for smallpox. What a wonderful way to end the half term!

Year 6 - Chronology

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During Spring 2, Year 6's History topic is going to be 'The Victorians.' In our first lesson, we completed a 'British History Timeline' to identify and understand where in historical chronology Queen Victoria reigned. We found it really interesting to see how the Victorians were only around 200 years ago in comparison to other aspects of British History we have studied previously (like the Roman Britian and the Vikings) which are over 1000 years ago. We are really looking forward to finding out more about Queen Victoria, the Industrial Revolution, inventions during this era as well as medicial developments too.