The History syllabus at Pinewood aims to produce socially aware children who are able to ask pertinent questions as well as giving the right answers. We believe that the fundamental role of the History teacher is to encourage children to develop their skills of enquiry through analysis, debate, logical thought and evaluation. We would like to inspire Pinewood children to have a lifetime’s love of History.
We believe that a sound and broad historical base is needed to help pupils understand the present world in light of the past. It enables children to develop a sense of identity and adds to children’s knowledge and understanding of countries and cultures. Through History teaching we encourage children to consider aspects of life from varying perspectives.
In the EYFS (Nursery and Reception) the children have a first introduction to History through their ‘Understanding of the World’ topic. They look at the history of celebrations throughout the year, such as Diwali, Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year and Christmas. They go on to learn about kings, queens and knights. Their topic ‘Up, Up and Away’ focuses on transport and the exciting topic of space.
Year 1 and 2 build on this knowledge and learn how to use artefacts, study key past events and lives of famous people. Among many varied topics, they look at the history of Pinewood, famous people, and pre-historic life. The Great Fire of London and Florence Nightingale ‘WOW’ Days are a real highlight.
In the prep school, History is taught in chronological order. Year 3 begin with the Ancient Egyptians, the Stone Age, Bronze and Iron Age. Links are made to local sites such as Uffington Hillfort and Stonehenge. They then go on to study the Celts and the Romans. Year 4 study the Ancient Greeks, the Indus Valley and the Vikings. In all these topics cross-curricular links are made as part of the creative curriculum approach.
Year 5 pupils study the turbulent Medieval period with focus on the huge economic and social changes, as well as the stories of battles, revolts and monarchs. The next period studied is the Tudors and Stuarts, which is perfect for the Year 6 age group. The trip to Sulgrave Manor is a highlight where children experience life as a Tudor child for a day and can learn what life was like for the rich and the poor.
History in Years 7 and 8 links in with the other Humanities subjects, TPE and Geography, where relevant. The Year 7 themes are Power, Influence & Globalisation and Conflict & Resolution. Topics for Year 7 include the rise and fall of the British Empire, the Napoleonic Wars, WW1, the inter-war years and the Suffragettes. Year 8 topics embrace the theme of ‘Big Issues’ and answer key questions, such as Churchill: Hero or Villain? What are your human rights? British identity, civil rights, current affairs and debates are also covered as the children move towards deeper critical thinking and analysis skills needed for their senior schools.
We are lucky to be able to use a wealth of resources to arouse children’s imaginations and put them in the past. We use artefacts, the school ICT room, laptops, chrome books, the Interactive White Boards, our well stocked library and up-to-date textbooks. Many approaches are used, including the use of multi-media, drama and individual study.
Trips & Visits
Every year group in the school experiences History outside the classroom, part of our ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ ethos at Pinewood. Trips, workshops and visits are varied, for example Dinosaur Day (Year 1), the Ashmolean Museum (Year 3), Kenilworth Castle (Year 5) or studying WW2 propaganda posters at the National Archives (Year 8). The children are able to learn through first hand experiences whilst having fun.