“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville
At Coopers Lane, we begin our journey as historians in Nursery. Through discussions about our own personal history and how we have grown up, we begin to raise questions about the past. Our curiosity inspires us to investigate the past through hands-on activities as we start to understand the lives of others who have lived before us. As we progress through the school, we continue to develop our historical enquiry skills by using a range of primary and secondary sources. From these we pose questions searching for historical accuracy. We strive to hold a chronological understanding of British and world history as well as recognising the lives of a diverse range of historical figures. We are encouraged to share our knowledge with all those around us and recognise how the past has shaped our lives today.
When you walk into a history lesson at Coopers Lane, you will see Heroic Historians who show a wealth of knowledge about the past as we continue to delve deeper into those “tricky” questions. With our enquiry-based approach, we have learners who show a natural curiosity for the past, which has been inspired by exciting lessons inside and outside the classroom. Through our diverse and inclusive curriculum we question the choices made by people in the past and understand how we can learn from history to create a positive future for all.
At Coopers Lane, we view history as the window to the past. We work collaboratively in an inclusive and enriching environment, valuing the ideas of all those around us, which support our inquisitive minds as we develop into passionate historians who have a thirst to understand and question the past!
We’ve created amazing knowledge organisers for each history topic which summarise the key knowledge that the children should know by the end of the topic. Have a look at our ‘How To’ knowledge organiser to find out how they work:
- Year 1 – Personal History
- Year 2: History of World Religions
- Year 3 – Ice Age -Iron Age
- Year 4 – The Stuarts and the Civil War
- Year 5: Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia
- Year 6 – World War 2
- Year 1 – Kings and Queens
- Year 2 – Ancient Egypt
- Year 3 – Ancient Greece
- Year 3 – Rule of Law and Murder in the Cathedral
- Year 4 – The Roman Empire
- Year 4 – The Romans in Britain
- Year 5 – The Anglo Saxons and Vikings
- Year 6 – The Industrial Revolution