I have come to the conclusion that we can not fail to cover enough history, it is something that interests us both.
The issues we have are spending too much time on it at the expense of other subjects and getting bogged down too much in the same few topics.
Therefore the plan is to pick 3 ‘topics’ and study them project style for 1/2 a term at a time alternating with Geography to cover 6 projects a year. Well maybe not alternating as very much dependant on dates of exhibitions/events.
Despite my natural inclination, I have decided to drop the idea of covering history in chronological order. Although I think it is the most logical approach the evidence suggests in practice we get bogged down with increasingly detailed studies of Greece and Egypt. Plan is to move between different time periods bringing everything together with the help of various timelines. We’ll take exhibitions/events as our inspiration.
Initial plans have been made for projects on (started to detail them on my project blog);
Ancient Britain – Stone/Bronze/Iron Age – with this new on the KS2 curriculum this year there seems lots on at museums to see. Plus really fancy the Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story exhibition at the NHM.
The third project of the year is undecided at the moment, I have resources collected on Medieval Times/Castles and Ancient China but it will depend on whether any interesting trips/exhibitions come up next spring.
The aim is to keep everything fun and practical. Lots of visits, reading and crafts. We may stray in to lapbooks for some projects but not all, some will be entirely hands on.
We will try and have a read aloud fiction book and at least one good non-fiction to act as our backbone for each project. By reading these, narrating them back and working on hands on projects to bring elements of them to life, alongside documentaries and visits then hopefully we can cover subjects at a level to provide a base to build on in more depth later if required and contribute to a general overview of history.