We are passionate about History at SHH. Studying history gives pupils the opportunity to develop an understanding of why the world and its people are the way they are today. We want the children to be curious and ask questions as they explore the diversity of past lives and societies. At SHH children develop an understanding of how History has had an impact on our lives today both locally, nationally and globally. Lessons are planned so that there is time for discussion, debate and enquiry, which enables children to revise and justify their opinions as well as encouraging children to ask and answer questions about the past.
History is taught three times a year in half termly projects. Our SHH Fed History Curriculum develops a History schema within children's long term memories. It is based on three essential historical characteristics which are repeated in the class topics to deepen and develop children’s skills and understanding.
Knowledge - Overview of British and World History
Chronology - Main events in history, and periods of time
Enquiry - Investigating and interpreting the past
History Trips, Visitors and Workshops
We strongly believe that trips, visitors and workshops enhance children’s learning. Hague and Stewart Headlam Schools are situated within easy access of some of the most important historical and cultural places of interest in the capital city and country. Our programme of in school workshops and off-site learning ensures children benefit from seeing historically significant places such as St Paul’s Cathedral linked to the Great Fire of London,The British Museum and The Tower of London. The first hand context of visits as well as seeing and handling artefacts are key features of our curriculum. We aim to give pupils a sense of time and of their place in history.
Staff look for new experiences and opportunities that will enrich the contextual learning of their pupils. Previous experiences have included:
- Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood in school workshops and visits to the museum to explore the ways of life in Bethnal Green and Whitechapel through a topic on how children played in the past
- The Tower of London to learn about monarchy seeing the crown jewels and armouries of Henry VIII
- Museum of London to explore Londinium settlements in Roman times
The impact of historical knowledge and understanding is reflected in children’s enriched capacity to communicate their ideas and understanding. Their ability to make connections between events, people and places. This is supported by the development of historical vocabulary, oracy, reading and writing.
Each big idea that the history topics revisit builds on the previous schema. The learning knowledge organisers help children to express and demonstrate their understanding of the past.