At Fairlawn, children enjoy two or three different history-based topics each year, ranging from dinosaurs and Ancient Greece to the Mayan Civilisation and World War II.
As well as developing key history skills (such as placing events in chronological order) and building children’s understanding of abstract concepts (such as migration), we make meaningful links between history and other subjects (for example developing English skills alongside learning about a historical period).
We believe that learning about black history should be an integral part of children’s history experience in school. For
example, in Year 3, the question ‘How Roman was Roman Britain?’ leads to an exploration of how multi-cultural Britain was in this time.
Wherever possible we engage children in using primary sources of information. We also create engaging lessons using drama and immersive events such as a Victorian School Day in Year 5. To reinforce their learning, theatre groups and visitors bring the subject alive and all children benefit from visiting places of historical interest, including The Museum of London, The British Museum and The Horniman Museum.