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History

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

Marcus Garvey

History at The Rydal Academy provides a fascinating window into the past. Our carefully sequenced lessons enable children to explore different eras and to build a deep knowledge and understanding of civilisations and cultures over time.  History gives us identity, a context of where we fit into the world around us and illustrates who we are connected to. 

At The Rydal Academy, we ensure that our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our history lessons ignite enthusiasm and curiosity and stimulate questions as well as answers.

Our history teaching develops crucial skills including; asking perceptive questions, thinking critically, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, and developing perspective and judgement.

History enables us to learn from the past and be prepared for our future.

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Year 1 and Year 2

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about History. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y1)

Watch: Watch the YouTube video.
Talk: Talk to your child about the toys/shops/schools when you were a child.
Play: Games from the past.
Share: If possible, show your child photographs of yourself from being a baby to an adult. Challenge them to put the photographs in time order.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y1)

Watch the YouTube video.
Do the online resource pack - 'The Kitchen Past and Present'.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y1)

Talk: With your child, look at cars today, talk about what they look like. Ask your child to tell you how the cars were different in the past.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y1)

Read: Share one of Beatrix Potter’s stories with your child. Ask your child what inspired Beatrix to write stories.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y1)

Click the link to watch the YouTube video.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y2)

Click the link to watch the YouTube video.
Click the link to play the online Fire of London game.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y2)

Share: If possible, attend a bonfire/fireworks night and talk to your child about why we mark the 5th of November in this way.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y2)

Trip: If possible, take a trip on a train. Ask your child how that train is different to George Stephenson’s trains. Visit the Railway Musuem in Darlington or Shildon.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y2)

Write: Ask your child to imagine that they were on Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ and write a diary entry about the exciting day.

TRIP: Head of Steam museum

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Homework - Summer 1 + 2 (Y2)

Watch and Play the BBC Bitesize online information about Florence Nightingale.

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Me and my history

Children will learn about changes within their lifetime and develop their understanding of ‘now’ and ‘in the past’ in the familiar contexts of school, toys and clothes. They will use sources of evidence (artefacts, books and photographs) to find out about the past.

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How do homes and shops in the past compare with now?

Children will learn about shops and homes through handling artefacts and examining photographs both in the classroom and during an inspiring visit to Beamish Museum. They will visit colliery cottages; the school room and Victorian shops to enable them to get a real ‘feel’ for what life was like in the past.
TRIP: Beamish museum

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How has transport changed over time?

Children will learn about cars, trailers and aeroplanes in the past and how the first inventions didn’t look quite the same as those that they can see now! They will learn about the famous Wrights brothers and Henry Ford.

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Who was Beatrix Potter and what did she achieve?

Children will learn about the life of the famous author. They will use evidence (diaries, photographs) to find out about her life.

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What were seaside holidays like in the past?

The term will begin with a fun-filled trip to Saltburn to enable your child to make comparisons with seasides from the past. They will handle artefact and examine photographs to enable them to learn about life in the past.

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How do we know about the Great Fire of London?

Children will learn how the fire started and why it spread. They will use sources of evidence (diaries, maps, paintings) to find out more about the disaster.

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What was the Gun Powder Plot?

Children will learn why we mark the 5th November with ‘bonfire night’. They will find out about the gun powder plot, why it happened and how it was stopped. They will use sources of evidence (paintings, letters) to find out about the plot.

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Who was George Stephenson and what difference did he make?

Children will learn about George Stephenson’s famous inventions of ‘Locomotion No.1’ and ‘The Rocket.’ They will find out about how important these inventions were in changing the industrial landscape and Britain’s prosperity.

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Who was George Stephenson and what difference did he make?

Children will learn about George Stephenson’s famous inventions of ‘Locomotion No.1’ and ‘The Rocket.’ They will find out about how important these inventions were in changing the industrial landscape and Britain’s prosperity.

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How has nursing changed over time?

Children will learn about the nursing pioneers Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell and how nursing has changed over time. They will study the development of nursing from the past to nursing today. They will use sources of evidence (letters, paintings) to find out about nursing in the past.

Year 3 and Year 4

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about History. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 + 2 (Y3)

Watch: BBC Bitesize videos.
Make: You could ask your child to create a ‘Stone Age’ painting. They could paint or use chalk to draw stone age paintings; they could then paint over this using clear varnish. They could try using only twigs, feathers or fingers to paint with.

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Homework - Spring 1 + 2 (Y3)

Watch: Watch the BBC Bitesize video.
Write: You could ask your child to research the Ancient Greek alphabet and then write the names of their family in Ancient Greek.

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Homework - Summer 1 + 2 (Y3)

Watch: Watch the BBC Bitesize video.
Write: Ask your child to create so sums (in Roman numerals) for their school friends to work out.
Create: Help your child to make a Roman villa, using old boxes, glue and paint.

TRIP: Piercebridge Roman fort ruins

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Homework - Autumn 1 + 2 (Y4)

Watch: Watch the BBC Bitesize video clips.
Make: Encourage your child to make an Egyptian themed board game, (possibly ‘snakes and ladders’)
Make: Help your child to make an Egyptian mummy, you could use a wooden peg and fabric/bandages. You could even make a tomb for your mummy!

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Homework - Spring 1 + 2 (Y4)

Watch: Watch the BBC Bitesize video clip.
Write: Ask your child to write a diary entry of an Anglo Saxon sailor coming to Britain.

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Homework - Summer 1 + 2 (Y4)

Watch: Watch the BBC Bitesize video.
Create: Help your child to make a Viking longboat out of cardboard , plastic bottles ,glue and paint.

Visitor: Viking Workshop

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What changed in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age?

Children will learn about life in Pre historic Britain, from ‘hunter gatherers’ living in caves or simple huts in the ‘Stone Age’ period’ to the development of communities living in hilltop forts in the ‘Iron Age.’ They will learn how iron tools heralded a new era of farming and communities or clans. The children will become ‘hunter gatherer’ for the morning when they practise their archery skills with a qualified instructor. They will use sources of evidence, ‘artefacts’, books and paintings to find out more about prehistoric times.
TRIP: Harehope Quarry visit

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What was it like to live in Ancient Greece and how did the Ancient Greeks change my world?

Children will learn about life about 2500 years ago in Ancient Greece. They will be inspired to study the ancient civilisation, a world of great thinkers, warriors, writers, actors, athletes, artists, architects and politicians. They will learn about what it was like to live in an ancient Greek family and Greek culture. They will find out about the introduction of the Olympic games, Greek warfare and mythology. They will use sources of evidence; ‘artefacts,’ paintings, ruins to ask and answer questions about Ancient Greece.

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What was the Roman Empire and what impact did it have on Britain?

Children will learn about the mighty expansion of the Roman Empire and how the Romans invaded Britain in AD43. They will study the changes which the Romans brought and their impact. They will learn about significant individuals from this period, including, Caesar Emperor Claudius and Queen Boudica. They will be able to see the legacy that the Roman left in Britain from about 2000 years ago. They will use sources of evidence; ‘artefacts,’ paintings, ruins to ask and answer questions about the Roman Empire.

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Who were the Ancient Egyptians and what did they achieve?

Children will travel back in time, thousands of years to the banks of the river Nile, where they will learn all about the amazing people and places of Ancient Egypt. They will discover what life was like in Ancient Egypt and find out about
Pharaoh Tutankhamun. They will learn about one of the first known writing systems, ‘hieroglyphs.’ They will examine a variety of sources of evidence, photographs of artefacts, buildings, ancient scrolls which will help them to find out more about Ancient Egypt.

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What impact did the Anglo Saxons and Scots have on Britain?

Children will learn about life from about AD410 to 1066 in Anglo Saxon Britain. They will discover the reasons why the Anglo Saxons came to Britain and the impact this had on the daily life of the Celts and Picts. They will study the legacy left by the Anglo Saxons. The children will be able to select from a range of evidence sources to find out more about the Anglo Saxons. For example, the written sources of St. Bede; the Sutton Hoo burial site; artefacts; paintings and books.

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How did the Viking and Anglo Saxons struggle for the Kingdom of England?

Children will learn about the Vikings’ struggle to overthrow the Anglo Saxons in Britain and the terrifying battles that resulted. They will study Viking warriors and their weapons and find out what it was like to live in Viking Britain. The children will be able to select from a range of evidence sources to find out more about the Vikings.

Year 5 and Year 6

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about History. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 + 2 (Y5)

Watch : Watch the BBC Bitesize video.
Create: Help your child to make a replica Mayan mask.

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Homework - Spring 2 + Summer 1 (Y5)

Watch: Watch the BBC Bitesize video clip.
Visit: Perhaps you could take your child to visit the local history section at Darlington library, where you are able to look at genuine documents from Victorian Darlington.

TRIP: Tees Water Pumping Station and Darlington Hippodrome.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y5)

Watch: Watch the BBC Bitesize video.
Write: Ask your child to write a newspaper report about one of Emmeline Pankhurst’s marches.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y6)

Watch: Watch the BBC Bitesize video clip.
Write: Ask your child to write a letter home from the trenches

TRIP: Durham County Records Office

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y6)

Watch : Watch the BBC Bitesize video clip.
Create: Help your child to make a wartime meal using rationed items.

TRIP: Evacuee Experience at Head of Steam Museum

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Homework - Spring 1 + 2 (Y6)

Watch: Watch the video about Victorian crime and punishment.
Create: Ask your child to create a poster advertising a punishing event. They can choose the crime committed and the punishment ( possibly the drunkard’s cloak, the ducking stool, the brank)

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Homework - Summer 1 + 2 (Y6)

Watch: Watch the BBC black history video.
Create: Help your child to make a mask for the Notting Hill Carnival.
Write: Ask your child to write a diary entry from a passenger on the HMT Empire Windrush ship.

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How does the Mayan Civilisation contrast with British history?

Children will learn about one of the most dominant indigenous societies of 'Mesoamerica' in Ancient times. They will learn about what the Ancient believed in and what life was like in their ancient world. Farming was at the centre of ancient Maya life. But these people are also remembered for other amazing creations, like their spectacular buildings and beautiful objects made from jade. The ancient Mayas also invented groundbreaking ideas which have helped shape the way we live our lives today.

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What was daily life like in Darlington in the Victorian era?

The Victorian era was a time of tremendous progress and ingenuity when Britain was called ’The Workshop of the World!’Darlington prospered during the Victorian era and the children will study how the new inventions, transport systems and entertainment changed Darlington forever. They will discover these changes through ‘hands-on’ history. They will have two visits, looking at buildings and artefacts in addition to written evidence, photographs and newspaper articles to investigate daily life in Victorian Darlington.

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How has the role of women changed over time?

Through analysing and evaluating diary entries, early film footage, newspapers, artefacts and interviews, children will learn about the changing roles of women in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. They will learn firsthand about the early women pioneers of Emily Davison and the Pankhurst sisters.

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What was life like for soldiers in WW1?

Children will examine and consider the multiple causes and trigger for ‘the Great War’ and evaluate if any were more significant than others in its contribution. The ‘War to end all wars’ is unprecedented, in terms of its casualty totals soaring into the millions; the extensive system of trenches; lethal new technologies unleashed, and for the war being fought on land, sea and in the skies. Children will investigate film footage; propaganda posters; diary entries; government papers; census records and letters to enable them to investigate what life was life for the soldiers. They will consider the reliability of secondary and primary evidence.

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Why and how did WW2 have such an impact on ordinary people in Britain?

Children will examine the many causes of WW2 and the impact of the war on people on ‘the Home Front.’ By examining and investigating early film footage, newspapers, artefacts, diaries, posters, ration books and photographs, children will be able to recall the devastating effect of the war . In particular, they will study the ‘Blitz;’ ‘rationing’; evacuation’ and changing roles of women.

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How has crime and punishment changed from the Anglo Saxons to the present day?

Children will consider the legacy of the Roman Justice system and learn about the Anglo Saxon forms of punishment which acted as a deterrent as there were no prisons at this time. They will move on to study crime and punishment in the time of the ‘Terrible Tudors’ and then the Victorian Justice system with the introduction of prisons and the early Police Force. Finally they will compare crime, punishment and the detection of crimes today. They will examine photographs, prison records, newspapers, paintings, photographs, prison records and case studies to enable them to investigate and evaluate the reliability of the sources and what they inform us about the past.

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Why do we have ‘Black history month’ in Britain?

Children will learn about Black history in Britain in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. They will study the ‘Windrush
Generation’ in the context of the aftermath of WW2 and the background of the American Civil rights Movement. They will study significant British Black people who have succeeded in their own fields of sport, music and politics. They will learn about the race riots of the 1980’s and consider the reasons for them. They will examine written sources, film footage, interviews, photographs, newspapers and artefacts to enable them to find out more about British Black history.