At Anson our history education helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
We inspire pupils to be curious about the past, to ask perceptive questions, explore evidence and develop opinions about the past.
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives and so we work hard to embed the figures and texts into the curriculum that allow the children to see themselves in the curriculum.
We also try to reach out and touch history. We achieve this through visiting key sites in London. Whether Year One are learning about the Great Fire of London and visiting St. Paul's Cathedral or children in Year 3 are drawing Egyptian mummies in The British Museum.
However, we are also innovative in the ways we embed history across the curriculum.
We use augmented reality to bring history to life, whether this is exploring a Roman villa, an Egyptian landscape or watching a Plesiosaurus swimming. The ability to place children inside history means we can drive up the understanding of the period, increase oracy as we describe what we can see and improve writing as a result.
The image shows a Roman villa built inside our school hall. Pupils can record themselves exploring the villa and asking questions about the artefacts they discover.
Importantly this kind of activity can also achieve our aims of children wanting to explore history and develop an inquisitive, questioning nature. We aim to ensure children become source-finders and source-challengers in their education. They are encouraged to find multiple sources of information, explore the stories from the past with a critical-eye and use modern resources such as the Internet and film to consider who is telling the stories of our past.
Our history work is embedded across the curriculum. This means that we can explore history through art, music or drama as well as the core subject areas.
At Anson, moments in history are also told through stories on the stage and film.
In 2019 to 2020 our history through drama saw the story of Rome, the history of Ancient Greece and the Great Fire of London performed on the stage. This kind of work allows us to ensure that history is a vehicle to be able to improve speech and language, understand stories and use technology to bring moments of history to life.
As part of the Anson Film Festival the children were challenged to reenact a moment from history using the power of film. This was a way to further engage children in research coupled with creativity to develop a love for learning about the past.
There were 15 films created covering a vast range of historical moments including, Captain Tom Moore, The Gunpowder Plot and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Our history teaching and learning ensures that all pupils know and understand the history of these islands, how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.