Based in a Victorian School building within the Georgian city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Oldfield Park Junior School has always been passionate about studying history. OPJS recognises the importance of teaching not just the events of the past, but also the implications of historical events as well as teaching the skills involved in undertaking these historical enquiries; we aim to stimulate children’s curiosity to know more about the past. We encourage children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the study of History, children will begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Our history curriculum teaching follows a chronological order from Pre-History to 1066 and is complemented by further studies of both local history and periods of particular relevance, for example during an Olympic year we will study Ancient Greece. We enjoy enthusing the children through dressing-up days and aim to include visits to historical sites and museums to further encourage their interest in the topic of study. As a Heritage School in our own right, we are fortunate enough to have the support and guidance of our local Historic England representative. History is taught through discrete weekly lessons as well as through links with the wider curriculum such as their English writing and art.
Children are made ready for the next stage of their History education. They have gained the knowledge and skills in order to question their environment. Children have developed a respect for the events and people of the past.
History at OPJS
Year 3 focus on a pre-history topic and then change geographical areas to focus on the Shang Dynasty.
Year 4 study the Romans and their Empire, for which we are very fortunate to have a the amazing Roman Baths on our doorstep. They then follow a local study of Georgian Bath.
Year 5 look at the art, inventions and legacy of Leonardo da Vinci and a study of the Saxons. They also study a significant turning point in British history namely the first railways.
Year 6 delve into the Vikings and the Mayans, stretching the historical knowledge and skills that the children have gleaned throughout their time at OPJS.