Our History curriculum is based on the learning objectives set out in the National Curriculum 2014 document.
Children have a natural curiosity and enjoy discovering about the past. History enables them to consider how the past has influenced the present, how societies organised their politics, and how beliefs and cultures have influenced people's lives.
Ashcott children develop an awareness of events and people through history and as they explore these human experiences they learn more about themselves as individuals and as members of society. They research, interpret evidence and explore their own points of view, so that they can influence their own futures.
In Key Stage 1 the children explore lives and events of people within and beyond living memory including people such as Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria and examine events such as the Great Fire of London. They look at their own family history and study local traditions such as Harvest and Bridgwater Carnival. Children learn about what life was like living in Somerset and how it has changed since Victorian times.
In Key Stage 2 they explore key events in local history such as the English Civil War and the Battle of Sedgemoor, the Romans, Saxons and Vikings, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Ancient British History such as the Iron Age and Bronze Age. They will also study an ancient civilisation such as the Mayans or Benin. A historical theme through history will also be studied such as 'Explorers' or 'Monarchs'.
History is brought to life through visitors coming in to school for themed days and visits to local areas of historical importance such as the Roman Baths and Glastonbry Abbey. The children take part in annual performances often with an historical theme, bringing history alive and enabling children to be immersed in the period.