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History at Southmead


                            VISION STATEMENT


At Southmead Primary School we want all of our children to have an understanding of our past and how history will shape their future.


We believe that high- quality history lessons encourage critical thinking; enhance the ability to weigh evidence and generate arguments; develop chronological understanding and allow pupils to develop a sense of perspective.


Our History curriculum is linked with a picture, which fosters awe and wonder and drives children to ask the question ‘why’? History at Southmead supports moral development by encouraging pupils to become increasingly curious and to develop open-mindedness and tolerance for the suggestions of others and their views. The History topics will help children to gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change; as well as of their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Spotlight on EYFS and KS1


EYFS have thought about the history of their lives and looked back at themseves when they were babies and thought about how they have changed!


Year 1 have been learning all about local history this term! They’ve had an exciting look back at Southfields - how it has changed over time.


Year 2 have been particularly captured by our Black History Month week and have had some interesting class discussions about what has happened in the past and how we feel about differences now.

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Spotlight on KS2

Year 4 have been learning about Ancient Egypt, looking at how the people lived and how they became such a successful civilisation!  Children in KS2 have also been using Roman Numerals to count and a timeline to help

them learn about chronology.




Black History Month has been an important event in the Autumn Term for history! We have been lucky enough to have the author of ‘The Selfish Crocodile’, Faustin Charles come to share his life history with everyone and tell us how he became an author!

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Click here to read how History at Southmead contributes to children's development in SMSC.