Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
We have designed our History curriculum with the aim to teach the children to reflect and learn from others triumphs and discoveries in the past. Our curriculum enables the children to start to understand change and gives them the context from which to understand ourselves and others.
At Bawdeswell Primary we follow the National Curriculum guidance for History. We work on a 2-year rolling programme and we adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the children. The learning is sequenced to enable the children to always build on previous learning to deepen and broaden their understanding of historical events in the past. The children learn about changes within living memory, about the world beyond living memory and about significant people and events in the past. In Reception the children are encouraged to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. Adults model the re-telling of past events in the correct order and encourage children to use the words/phrases like ‘Along time a go’, first, second, next and finally.
In Year 1 the children learn about homes and toys. Building on the Reception learning they are encouraged to talk about things relevant to them and they start to make simple contrasts about objects from the past.
In Year 2 the children go onto learn how to use a wider range of everyday historical terms including century, Victorian period, 19th Century, thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians and Victorians. They are encouraged to ask and answer lots of questions. They are given the opportunity to start understanding how we can find out about the past.
Next in Year 3 and 4 the children go onto develop chronological knowledge and understanding of particular periods in world history. They learn about the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt ,Romans, Saxons, Mayans and the British Empire.
Finally, in Year 5 and 6 the children continue to learn about world history and addition to this they learn about local history (The story of why the church in Bawdeswell needed to be re-built after the 2nd World War) .
There are strong links to the areas of the curriculum, for example (Geography - European Neighbours) and to British Values.
This is underpinned by our Values and Ethos statement which shows our aim is for the children to:
‘Love your learning’
This is also underpinned in our ‘Learning Wheel’
‘Be curious, inquisitive and have the confidence to explore.’