"History teaches everything, including the future". -Lamartine
There are countless quotes to emphasise the importance of history. In the modern world, it is crucial that children are taught about the lessons learnt (or not) from history and are given an ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate different situations in which they might find themselves in later life.
History at Aston Fields Middle School is firmly built around the understanding of the relationship between cause, event and consequence. It is essential that they use this understanding to make good life decisions.
Pupils should expect to be challenged, to question and not accept things at face value. They will explore the past in a variety of ways and Extended Learning Assignments will encourage children to experiment with research and presentation techniques.
By the end of their time at Aston Fields, we hope that pupils can:
- Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history
- Establish clear narratives within and across periods of study
- Note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
- Regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
- Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
- Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
What we study:
Key stage 2 History/Geography/RS/PHSCE
Pupils have three lessons of HSSE a week and enjoy topic based learning.
Wonders of the World - A study of the achievements of early civilisations.
Bromsgrove – A Local Study and Water
Building a Modern Britain - Changes in social history.
Ancient Greece - A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the Western world.
West Africa – The Gambia and Benin - A non-European society that provides contrast with British history.
Pupils have one lesson a week of history and explore key questions and events from the past.
What is history? What makes a person significant? – Investigation into critical themes and concepts in history
The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
- The Norman Conquest, Magna Carta and Parliament
- The Crusades and the importance of religion in medieval times
- Society and Culture - medieval life, feudal system
- The Black Death and medicine
- Law and order and the Peasants’ revolt
The study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066
Crime and Punishment
The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
- Religion and superstition-science and witchcraft
- Elizabeth I-conflict
- The Civil War-Oliver Cromwell-Glorious Revolution
- Art and Literature
Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
- The French revolution - Revolutionary wars
- Great minds and inventions-enlightenment
- Transatlantic slave trade and abolition
- The development of the British Empire