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History is important because it helps us gain knowledge and understanding of the past and is taught in all classes across the school, each studying different aspects of time.
In key stage 1, children begin to develop an understanding of what history means and begin looking back at events which have happened in their lifetime. They also spend time studying siginificant event and people in history i.e. Neil Armstrong and Guy Fawkes.
In key stage 2 classes, children begin to develop a greater understanding of historical times. They learn what is meant by pre-history through the study of The Stone Age, The Bronze Age and The Iron Age and go on to learn about some ancient civilisations: Romans, Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Greece. In addition, children find out about cultural and historical changes that have occurred at key times throughout history, from Anglo-Saxons to World War II.
Pupils are inspired to ask questions and find out about the past at all stages of their learning. They do this through the study of interesting historical events and people, ranging from The Plague, The Great Fire of London, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth I.
At Otley, we are lucky to live close some to historical sites and museums. As a result, we often take our learning beyond the classroom, visiting places like Framlingham Castle, Debach Air Museum, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. Such visits bring history alive; children can see real historical artefacts and participate in practical events, discovering some of the secrets brought to life by archaeologists.
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