History at Hawthorn

History, like many of our foundation subjects are taught in a cross curricular way. We want to inspire our children’s curiosity about the past and we want them to ask questions about why things happened. We find opportunities in English and in other subjects such as Art and Geography to develop our historical understanding.


Where possible, History is taught in a practical way to help children have a deeper understanding of the subjects they are covering. We think this helps make the learning more meaningful and therefore more memorable. We learn about important figures from the past and the impact they have had on the world we know today. Our curriculum also includes learning about local history, such as the Great Fire of Newcastle and local historical figures such as Grace Darling.

Black History Month October 2021
Across school we learned about important figures as part of Black History month. We are finding out about what they have contributed to our society. Reception created Art work based on the book Look up! about Mae Jemison. Class 7 found out all about the first black superhero film star Chadwick Boseman and how important the Black Panther film was for black people. Year 3 created drama about Rosa Parks. Year 1 looked at the artist Kara Walker and created art work in her style. This was our first year celebrating Black History month.

Remembrance Day

We usually observe Remembrance day as a whole school, however this year we had to do something a little different. Each class spent time in the week leading up to Remembrance day looking at poems linked to Remembrance and created their own poems. Some classes looked at creating their own poppies and wreaths as a mark of respect. At 11 o'clock on the 11th of November we came together to have an online assembly where one child read their poem and we shared Class 7's poppy art.  We then all observed the 2 minutes silence.