The aim of history at Acton CEVC Primary School is to develop skills of enquiry and investigation through:
Teaching history in interesting and creative ways, by applying skills from literacy, art, and drama. There are many history focussed visits and visitors across the year which allow the children to experience learning first hand, by looking at artefacts from history, and dressing up in the style of the period;
Encouraging children to explore and learn from first and second hand evidence. Children challenge their current knowledge, and persevere with their learning to debate ideas and beliefs;
Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, by keeping an open mind, and generating questions and ideas, making guesses and speculating possible explanations;
Showing compassion towards other cultures and religions, as well as the beliefs and opinions of others within class discussion and debate;
Gaining historical perspective through placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history, and making compassionate responses to world events.
We offer a rich and varied range of teaching approaches to achieve these ends, always striving to challenge every one of our pupils to make the maximum progress regardless of their starting point, with an understanding that different levels of support may be required to help them achieve their goals.
Today, we celebrated the lives of famous people throughout history, by dressing up as Pre World War II historical figures and engaging in a series of activities learning about people who have changed our world. We worked together in family groups during the morning to learn about either John Logie Baird, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Alexander Graham Bell or Ada Lovelace. We explored facts about these famous faces, as well as participating in a hands on activity, such as computer programming, making potato powered light bulbs, designing telephones and televisions of the future, building a boat to hold a weight, and making a parachute.
The children looked incredible in their costumes, so thank you for all the hard work and effort which went into their making.