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History Statement of Intent

 

Resilient            Respectful                 Inspired                Curious

 

Historians at Yeadon Westfield Junior School

 

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 respect diversity 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 inspire our 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 a curiosity 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.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 3 - Muddy Egyptians

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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

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We went outside and a great time recreating Egyptian Tug-O-War competitions.

Autumn Term 2021 - Remembrance Day

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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

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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

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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.

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Here are some extra photos of the children in their outfits and cutting the cardboard wedding cake.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5A - Muddy Puddle Day

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5A continued their study of the Greeks in the school grounds.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5H - Muddy Puddle Day

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As part of Muddy Puddle Day 5H continued their study of the Greeks outside.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5 - Groovy Greeks - Making Souvlaki

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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

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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.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - World War II and Muddy Puddle Day Part 1

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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.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 4 - The Romans

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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

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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.

Summer Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day

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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

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Spring Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day

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Spring Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day

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Spring Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day

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Spring Term 2021 - Year 4 - Mayan Culture

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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

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Double-page spreads produced by the pupils showing what they learned during this topic.

Spring Term 2021 - Year 5A - Anglo-Saxon Inspired Sculpture

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Using Anglo-Saxon art for inspiration we produced our own clay sculptures.

Spring Term 2021 - Year 5 - The End of the Anglo-Saxons

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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

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A selection of final summary sheets produced at the end of the topic.
Autumn 2020

Have a look at our double page spreads that show off our work in history across the whole school.

Class 6G - Remembrance Day

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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

Classroom Displays

 

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.'

Marcus Garvey

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