Westfield Junior School

History

At Westfield Junior School, we believe that, through the study of history, children make sense of their world and enrich their understanding of it.

 

Pupils will be taught about:

  • In relation to Britain; the Stone Age to the Iron Age, the Roman Empire, the Anglo Saxons and Scots, the Vikings to the time of Edward the Confessor.
  • The earliest civilisations.
  • Studies on local history, an aspect of British history beyond 1066, Ancient Greece, a non-European society such as Baghdad c. AD 900 and another ancient civilisation. 

 

Year 3

Through the Ages

In the Through the Ages project, children learn about three different periods of British prehistory: the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. They discover terminology relating to time and sequence dates to make a timeline. They explore the changes to people, homes and lifestyle throughout the different periods and investigate examples of prehistoric settlements, monuments, burials and artefacts in detail. They will also study how technology improved over time, including how the discovery of different metals changed the way that people lived.
 

Emperors and Empires

In the Emperors and Empires project, children learn about the growth and decline of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. They discover the absolute power of the Roman emperors and study the hierarchies of Roman society and the Roman army. They study the first invasions of Britain in 55 and 54 BC and the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43. They learn about Boudicca’s rebellion, Hadrian’s Wall and the Romanisation of Britain, including how Christianity came to Britain and investigate the legacy of Roman Britain in their local area.
 

Year 4

Invasion

In the Invasion project, children explore the effects of the Roman withdrawal and the chronology and geography of subsequent invasions. They study the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in detail, examining their reasons for invading, their settlements and their everyday life. Children also look at monasteries and the Anglo-Saxon legacy. They consider how we know about life in this period and investigate the Sutton Hoo ship burial. They learn about Athelstan, an Anglo-Saxon king, and what happened after his death, before ending the project by learning about the Norman invasion of 1066

 

Ancient Civilisations

In the Ancient Civilisations project, children learn about three of the earliest civilisations in the world; ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. They study the ancient Sumerian and ancient Egyptian civilisation in detail, to discover how crucial factors like water sources and farming helped them to develop and thrive. They find out about important inventions and the growth of cities. They also study the lives of different people in society, including the roles of kings and pharaohs. The children reflect on their learning by identifying the similarities and differences between the two civilisations, before studying the Indus Valley civilisation independently. They explore sources of evidence about the location of the Indus Valley, cities and trade, and note the reasons why historians know less about the Indus Valley than other ancient civilisations. The children then compare all three civilisations, before learning about the causes and consequences of each civilisation’s decline. They also consider whether or not these civilisations left a lasting legacy.

 

Year 5

Off With Her Head!
In the Off With Her Head project, children learn about the Battle of Bosworth and the birth of the terrifying Tudor dynasty.  They investigate the amazing evidence-gathering that resulted in the discovery of the long-lost remains of Richard III under a car park in Leicester before finding out about the Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history. They discover an opulent court where dancing and singing goes hand in hand with swift falls from favour, and even swifter falling of heads!
 
Groundbreaking Greeks
In the Groundbreaking Greeks project, children learn about different periods of Greek history, exploring the earliest civilisations, the devastation of the Dark Age and the breakthroughs and developments of the Archaic and Classical periods. They understand how the geography of Greece affected the development of city states and explore Athens, learning about the structure of the government and society. They get to know some of the most significant Athenians and understand why Greek art, culture, architecture, philosophy, medicine and mathematics were so significant.  Children learn about the leadership of Alexander the Great and discover how ancient Greece became part of the Roman Empire after the Hellenistic period. They explore how the Romans respected and developed Greek ideas, making them their own and spreading them throughout the Roman Empire. To end the project, children decide which was the ancient Greeks' greatest idea, and explore how the legacy of ancient Greece affects their lives today.
 

Year 6

Maafa
In the Maafa project, children learn about Africa today and the ancient kingdoms that thrived on the continent for thousands of years. They learn about the origins of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century and Britain’s involvement from the time of Elizabeth I, when John Hawkins became the first British slave trader.  Children will understand the structure of the transatlantic slave trade and the consequences of enslavement for enslaved people. They also discover how the people of Britain benefited from the money and goods produced by the slave trade. They learn about the causes and consequences of the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the worldwide African diaspora and the European colonisation in Africa. They explore the lives and actions of black people in 20th century Britain. They will understand how the Race Relations Act of 1965 became the first piece of British legislation to tackle racial discrimination and know that the Equality Act 2010 provides people with protection against racism and other forms of discrimination, today.  Children also explore the lives of black people who have made significant contributions to Britain and celebrate black culture in Britain today.
 
Britain at War
In the Britain at War project, children learn about the main causes of the First World War and which countries were the major players. They investigate why so many men volunteered to fight and then sequence the events at the start of the war. Using various sources of evidence, the children learn about life in the trenches and the consequences of new weaponry. They listen to first-hand accounts of life on the home front and evaluate the impact of war on everyday life. They also discover the events that led to the Allied Powers’ victory and the consequences of the Treaty of Versailles. The children also learn about the causes and main events of the Second World War. They find out how Britain prepared itself for war and the war’s impact on civilian life. They learn about the Battle of Britain and how it proved to be a key turning point for the Allied Powers. They also hear about Anne Frank and discover what her story tells us about the treatment of Jewish people by the Nazi Party. The children research the causes and consequences of the end of the Second World War and investigate the legacy of the wars in Britain. Closer to home, the children research the life of a local First World War hero who sacrificed their life fighting for Britain. They also investigate the legacy of these global conflicts in the post-war period.

 

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