- Contexts for Learning
- The Early Years Foundation Stage
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
- Year 4
- Year 5
- Year 6
History is taught from Years 1 to 6 in line with the updated 2014 National Curriculum.
In KS1 the focus of the teaching of history is based around four core concepts: changes in the lives of the pupils, national events beyond the memories of the children, significant individuals (locally, nationally and internationally) and local places and events. The drive in KS1 is to embed an awareness and interest in the past and a desire to ask questions about it. The children may learn about The Olympic Games, The Gunpowder Plot, Florence Nightingale and Lingfield Racecourse.
At KS2 the driver is the concept of chronology: the children learn about historical events from the Stone Age up to the Norman Conquest in 1066. These events are both national and non-European. Areas of learning include The Stone and Iron Ages, The Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greece, The Roman invasion of Britain, The Mayans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and the Norman Conquest. Outside of this time frame we study two additional periods: The Tudors and the Victorians. In KS2 considerable emphasis is placed on recognising connections, contrasts and trends over time, and asking questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. The children in KS2 have ownership over the focus on their learning in specific historical time frames, and are aware about how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
In both KS1 and KS2 we place a focus on the concept of historical learning: that the children are provided with the tools and resources to make connections and learn through discovery and investigation. The teaching of historical enquiry skills is crucial in fostering a true understanding of the past that enables children to direct their own learning.