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At Diamond Wood, we believe that a well-developed History curriculum, that provides children with rich, vocabulary based, creative lessons, will inspire their curiosity to know more about the past.


Active and Creative Lessons

We plan active and creative History lessons so that children have the opportunity to immerse fully, in the history that we are teaching. Year 1s participate in themed days, experiencing life as a pirate and Year 2 children have visits from Queen Victoria, ‘hot seating’ her using their persuasive, historical language skills to persuade her to ride on George Stephenson’s Rocket!

Children explore artefacts and a wide range of sources for historical enquiry, supporting their knowledge and understanding of events in the past. We include local links when teaching History, so children “gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international History” (History National Curriculum, 2013). During the Queen Victoria lessons, children begin to understand the importance of the construction of railway systems during the Victorian era, and how this had a positive impact on the local mills in Ravensthorpe.

Heritage Schools Programme

At Diamond Wood, we are committed to teaching our children the history of the wider world, ensuring that we teach lessons with links to the children’s heritage and local environment, wherever possible. This learning will allow them to have a sense of identity and belonging, and talk with confidence about the history of where they live. They will also have an understanding of how they themselves and their local heritage link to the regional, national and global story.

With this in mind, Diamond Wood Community Academy are taking part in Historic England’s Heritage Schools Programme, and our aim is to gain the Heritage Schools Award. Working closely with Historic England, we are developing our curriculum to embed local links into our History lessons so that children can use their own experience of the world to support their learning.


Learning on your Doorstep

We encourage children to explore their local area and find history on their doorstep. Ravensthorpe has a rich history just waiting to be discovered, such as Castle Hall Hill Motte and Bailey Castle.

Children and parents can register with Historic England and ‘enrich the list’ by uploading photographs or artwork to their website. By doing so, children will be ensuring that the exciting history of their local area is never forgotten and can be discovered by people from all over the world.

See Historic England website for more details