At Yeadon Westfield Junior School, History is a fun, creative and engaging subject which motivates and inspires our children through gaining knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. By studying individuals, societies, cultures and countries, History enables pupils to gain awareness of what happened in the past and reasons for these events. History helps our children understand complexity, the changes and challenges over periods of time and to respectdiversity of the different cultures. Local area studies enable children to develop empathy and understanding.
At Yeadon Westfield, children learn through a sequence of carefully planned lessons which develop transferable historical skills. These skills, developed through historical enquiry, have a wide application to the wider curriculum and everyday life. Our rich, exciting topics inspireour children through the inclusion of dynamic visitors, workshops, Educational Visits and a wealth of enrichment activities which bring the past back to life and which generate acuriosity for historical events, people and societies. Historical awareness also promotes responsible citizenship and challenging enquiry promotes resilience.
A curriculum map provides a framework for the History taught within YWJS. The whole school plan ensures learning is progressive and that historical skills are central to learning. Links are made between themes of History studied, so that the pupil’s knowledge is not episodic, ensuring good chronological understanding. This also gives children the skills to compare and contrast events and note trends over time.
By the end of Year 6, our children are curious historians, using a range of historical skills confidently to unpick and ask questions about the past, as well as understanding how events of the past have shaped modern Britain and the wider world.
Yeadon Westfield Junior School History Policy - 2021-2024
"I enjoyed comparing the Viking warriors to the Ancient Greek warriors. I had to remember what we had learnt about the Ancient Greeks from Year 5. I'd prefer to be an Ancient Greek warrior because I like the heat!" Alana 6M
"I enjoyed learning about the Battle of Hastings at the end of our Viking topic. We talked about what armour the Saxons fought with compared to the Vikings. We acted out dramas to perform this. I'd prefer to be an Anglo Saxon because they're stronger." Noah G 6G
Autumn Term 2022 - Remembrance Day Assembly
Autumn Term 2022 - Year 4 - Roman Potions
The children's first English lesson this half term. They were creating potions as a hook lesson for our instruction writing topic. The children will design their own potion and write an instruction text of how to make it linked to the Roman's topic.
Autumn Term 2022 - Year 4 - Muddy Puddle Day - The Romans
We spent the whole day outside. First we dyed wool using natural Roman methods. Then we worked out challenges using Roman symbols and lollypop sticks. Finally we made mosaics out of tiles. We had a fantastic time.
Autumn Term 2022 - Year 6 - Thwaite Watermill
As part of our World War II studies we visited the mill and enjoyed lots of different activities related to the war.
Spring Term 2022 - Year 5 - The Battle of Hastings
Year 5 re-enacted The Battle of Hastings. (No pupils were blinded during the making of this video.)
"I enjoyed learning about the houses the Anglo Saxons lived in. They had thatched roofs with no windows. I would like to have lived in the Anglo Saxon times because I'd have liked to have my own crops" Finley 5H
Year 5 Anglo Saxon topic work
Spring Term 2022 - Class 4I - The Maya
As part of our Maya topic we created a Dragon's Den style pitch to the 'Lion's Lair' about the Maya achievements. Some of us wanted to 'sell' our modern day inventions for cacao beans thinking carefully about what the Maya had and what they needed. We gave reasons as to why the Maya would need our invention. You can find more information at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvDujDrI24w&t=5s
"I enjoyed learning about what food they ate. They ate avocado, coco beans, rice, corn and chocolate. I enjoyed trying the chocolate!" Brooke 4I
"I also enjoyed trying the chocolates because we got to see what different types of chocolates there were and what they ate!" Charlie B 4I
Year 4 Maya topic work
Year 6 Vikings topic work
Spring Term 2022 - Class 3L - The Stone Age
Year 3 all went to Skelton Grange Environment Centre so do some Stone Age activities. This video is mainly Class 3L. Sorry about the building site racket on the videos.
"I enjoyed going to Skelton Grange because we got to learn what life was like for a Stone Age person. We toasted bread on a fire and fish as well." Phoebe 3L
"I enjoyed looking at artefacts and working out what they might have been." Yousef 3L
Year 3 Stone Age topic work
Ancient Egyptians Year 3
"I liked the Ancient Egyptians because I liked learning about the Scarab Beetles because it was interesting learning about how they walked. I liked using the clay to make our own beetles" Heidi 3L
"I enjoyed adding key features of Egypt to a map". Marian 3L
Year 3 Egyptians topic work
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 3 - Muddy Egyptians
As part of Muddy Puddle Day we hunted outside for a variety of natural materials and used them to create our names in hieroglyphs.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 3 - The Egyptians
We went outside and a great time recreating Egyptian Tug-O-War competitions.
Autumn Term 2021 - Remembrance Day
The whole school considered the sacrifices made during war time. Everyone was involved in making poppy wreaths. Here are some examples.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Remembrance Day
Year 6 went to the memorial in Nunroyd Park on Nov. 11th. They laid a poppy wreath, observed a minutes silence and shared thoughts about different groups and individuals.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Thwaite Watermill and WWII
As part of our World War II topic we visited Thwaite Watermill in Leeds. There we learned about the Blitz - bombing raids, blackouts, air-raid shelters, gas masks and using putty to repair bombed out windows. We also studied rationing.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 Thwaite Watermill - the outtakes.
Here are some extra photos of the children in their outfits and cutting the cardboard wedding cake.
Year 6 WW2 topic work
Ancient Greeks Year 5
"I enjoyed learning about the sports that Ancient Greeks played in the Olympics. They used to do chariot racing which looked fun" Zak 5H
"I liked learning about the different Greek Gods. I liked how they all had a power. My favourite was Zeus" Lucas 5A
Year 5 Greeks topic work
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5A - Muddy Puddle Day
5A continued their study of the Greeks in the school grounds.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5H - Muddy Puddle Day
As part of Muddy Puddle Day 5H continued their study of the Greeks outside.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5 - Groovy Greeks - Making Souvlaki
We designed some Greek inspired pottery, then we prepared some Greek food and finally we went out to the fire pit where we cooked and ate the food.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - World War II and Muddy Puddle Day Part 2
We also experienced other aspects of World War II. We looked at some precious and interesting mementos; we studied Morse code; we played wartime games; we designed propaganda posters and finally we toasted muffins.
"Elizabeth's grandad was in the war and she brought in his ID card and his medals to show us what he had achieved during the war. It was really interesting." Seth 6M
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - World War II and Muddy Puddle Day Part 1
We made our own version of an Anderson shelter and spent time experiencing a little of what it would have been like in there during an air raid.
"I really enjoyed going in to the sports shed and pretending we had been in an air raid. We played games and looked at newspapers whilst we experienced the sounds" Elsie-May 6G
Ruthless Romans Year 4
"I enjoyed learning about what food they eat. They ate figs ,bread, meat, apples and turnips. I liked finding out where rich Romans lived. They lived in fancy houses called villas." Maddison 4I
"On muddy puddle day we got to roast crumpets and eat them! This is what they used to eat by toasting them on the fires!" Charlie 4I
Year 4 Romans topic work
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 4 - The Romans
Emily Nelson from the Leeds Discovery Centre brought some Roman artefacts in and told us all about them. We spent some time examining them.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 4 - The Romans
Year 4 merged some of their study of the Romans with their Muddy Puddles outdoor learning day. They carried out several different activities and didn't get too wet.
Year 3 spent a whole day studying Stone Age life. These 5 videos Show them experiencing foraging, weaving, cave painting shelter building and making fire. They had a great day.
Summer Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day
Spring Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day
Spring Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day
Spring Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day
Spring Term 2021 - Year 4 - Mayan Culture
We have been studying Mayan culture. This has involved outdoor learning, history, food technology and a lot of fun!
Spring Term 2021 - Year 5A - Anglo-Saxon Summary Sheets
Double-page spreads produced by the pupils showing what they learned during this topic.
Spring Term 2021 - Year 5A - Anglo-Saxon Inspired Sculpture
Using Anglo-Saxon art for inspiration we produced our own clay sculptures.
Spring Term 2021 - Year 5 - The End of the Anglo-Saxons
We finished this topic re-enacting the defeat of the Anglo-Saxons by the Normans.
Spring Term 2 - The Anglo-Saxons Year 5
Spring 2021 - Year 6 - The Vikings
A selection of final summary sheets produced at the end of the topic.
Have a look at our double page spreads that show off our work in history across the whole school.
Class 6G - Remembrance Day
We went across to the memorial in Nunroyd Park where we laid a wreath, read some poems, and thought about the sacrifices which people have made. Many of us expressed what was important for us, but the loud traffic and poor microphone made these thoughts difficult to record. It was a very moving occasion.
Year 5 - Ancient Greece work linked to history, art, English and geography
Below are pictures of the History displays which are on classroom walls during the Autumn term.
Year 3 - Ancient Egyptians
Year 4 - Romans
Year 5 - Ancient Greeks
Year 6 - World War 2
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Year 3 Trip to Nell Bank for their Stone Age topic - Spring 2020
Year 4 - Ruthless Romans - Autumn 2019. History linked to our Art work inspired by Roman Mosaics.
Year 5 - Groovy Greeks Topic - Autumn 1. We linked the Greeks across the curriculum including History, English, computing, art and DT.
Year 6 - Trip to Thwaite's Mill linked to 'Keep calm and carry on!' World War II topic - Autumn 2019
Remembrance Service - November 2019
'A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.'
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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