History fires pupils’ curiosity, developing their love of learning through asking questions about the past and the wider world. It enables our children to develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people, allowing them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. This guides children to make sense of their physical world and their community.
Through our Christ Church Curriculum Safari, children are able to develop their historical knowledge, understand the process of change and make sense of the present. They are able to construct and develop arguments supporting them to become analytical citizens. Both knowledge and skills are taught in a cross curricular way, ensuring the curriculum deepens knowledge, is progressive and allows links to other areas of learning.
Our History curriculum has been created with cultural capital at the forefront of our minds, so that our children are exposed to historical events which link to the many different cultures within our school, as well as those events explored within the National Curriculum.
Black History Month is once again our focus for October. This year’s theme is Time of Change: Action not Words, a theme that aims to encourage people to speak up against racism and be active not passive bystanders to the injustices we see. This is a special time, where we promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage.
This Black History Month, we celebrated black authors and illustrators such as Malorie Blackman, Nathan Bryon, Dapo Adeola, Eric Velasqueuz, Vashti Harrison, Shane Evans and Amanda Gorman just to mention a few. We are continually striving to create an environment where children feel safe and welcomed no matter their origins, supporting everyone identifying the many forms of prejudice and racism that exists and the strategies to help support them in challenging these.
Spring Term 2022
17th January was Martin Luther King Day and at Christ Church we used this day to celebrate inspirational people from the past. EYFS enjoyed dressing up as Princess Diana, made crowns and made royal statues from clay.
In Year 4, inspired by Stephen Hawking’s theorem about black hole mechanics, they created amazing artwork using a variety of materials.
In Year 5, through a variety of activities such as art , research and speech writing, the children learned about Picasso, Anne Frank and Martin Luther King.
In Year 6, through a range of activities such as reading comprehension, research and discussion, the children learned about Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and Amelia Earhart.
During the Autumn Term we had a fantastic selection of projects: from drama sessions, models, masks from Ancient Kingdoms, paintings of poppies, posters and diary entries. It was great to see how much the children have enjoyed the History projects taking place across the school.
Black History Month
National Dress Day
October marks the start of Black History Month and we are very proud to say that cultural capital is now embedded throughout our new curriculum, therefore this will be celebrated throughout the year in every classroom. However, as we are truly blessed to be part of such a diverse community, we invited all children in school to come in wearing a national dress from a country of their choice. We had a lovely day celebrating all the different cultures within our school!