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At George Washington we have a rich and varied history curriculum that engages all pupils from Reception through to Year 6. We aim to give children an awareness of the past and how it was different from the present, an understanding of the sequence of historical events and an ability to explore some of the ways in which historians find out about the past. Whilst we follow the National Curriculum, each year group strives to make it as dynamic and interesting as possible, enriching the learning of every child through creative teaching, fantastic activities and unique experiences.


Key Aims

  • know and understand the history of the British Isles, in a coherent and chronological narrative, including how people's lives have shaped the nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world, including ancient civilisations, expansion and dissolution of empires, characteristic features of past non-European societies and achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and use a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as 'empire', 'civilisation', 'parliament' and 'peasantry'
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, significance - use these to make connections, analyse trends, frame historical questions
  • understand methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence can be used to make historical claims and make contrasting arguments
  • gain historical perspectives by placing their historical knowledge into different contexts


History at GWPS in 2015/16


In Year 1 this year we have looked at famous pirates and visited the HMS Trincomalee at Hartlepool to see what life was like on board a ship. For our ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ topic we studied Scott of the Antarctic. We built an amazing portcullis for our Castles topic and did some work on the Bayeux Tapestry.

In Year 2 this year we have looked at the history of the Olympic Games and how they have changed over time. We also learned about the British Royal Family, placing events in order on a timeline.

In Year 3 this year we studied the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We found out lots of incredible facts and did some amazing artwork. We also studied the Vikings and had an amazing Viking day where we made shields and dressed up as Vikings.

In Year 4 this year we have had lots of fun linked to our history topics. Some of our more memorable experiences were making an Egyptian salad and designing and creating Egyptian death masks for our ancient Egypt unit. We went on a trip to Segedunum to find out all about the Romans. We even had a chance to apply what we had learned about the Romans, when we visited Brockwell Woods as part of 'Forest School' and built camps.

In Year 5 this year we have studied the Anglo Saxons. We have also looked at the history of space exploration with a particular focus on Neil Armstrong. Visitors from Durham University came and talked to us about Scott of the Antarctic to link in with our extreme environment study. To investigate the Pitman Painters, we went on a trip to Woodhorn Colliery.

In Year 6 this year we have learned about the history and culture of Native Americans and the American Wild West, pre and post European colonisation. We have also looked at the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese. We have painted Wild West sunset artwork, created newspaper reports about the Wounded Knee massacre and written Native American creation myths.