Gateway Academy Westminster

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At Gateway, we provide our children with a high-quality history education which helps them gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Studying History, inspires children’s curiosity to know more about the past. It also helps them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps our pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Key Stage 1 focus upon an active learning approach where groups of children will learn from direct experience through enquiry and discovery. There will be plenty of opportunity for role play, model making and drawing, as well as writing. Visits will be made to the local area for historical study and to other places of interest. A range of sources, including artefacts, will be used to encourage children to look at evidence and begin to make deductions. In Year 1, children will learn about ‘Black History’ during their Africa topic. During their London topic, they will learn about the ‘Monarchy from now and then’. Year 2 children compare ‘Nurturing Nurses’ such as Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. They also study ‘The Great Fire of London’.

Key Stage 2 will extend their skills and knowledge from Key Stage 1. Children will continue to research and make deductions from historical information.  In Year 3, they study the ‘Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age’ as well as exploring ‘Ancient Egypt’. Year 4 children study ‘The Roman Empire’ and ‘The Anglo-Saxons’. In Year 5, children explore ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Mayan Civilisation’.  Year 6 children study ‘Life in London during WWII’ and ‘Ancient Greece’.

How parents can help

Living in London, we have so much history on our door step. Why not take your child to a museum, or read non-fiction books with them about what they are learning in class.  

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