At Key Stage 1 the History element appears in topic form e.g. Homes, Life on the Farm, etc. Throughout the school, children are given the opportunity to develop an understanding of the past and of the ways in which it is different from the present. The children are taught about everyday life and are encouraged to investigate and compare past and present. They are taught about famous people and examine past events e.g. The Gunpowder Plot, The Great Fire of London and events in the history of other countries. The overall aims are:
- to develop a sense of chronology (timelines and the use of common words and phrases that relate to the passing of time)
- to develop a greater depth of historical knowledge and understanding through asking and answering questions,
- to find out, by using a variety of sources and to develop the ability to communicate their findings.
Key Stage 2, whilst reinforcing the skills acquired in KS1, history lessons are taught on a more subject basis e.g. The Romans, The Victorians, etc. The children are taught six study units over the four years with aspects of the past being studied in greater depth. At the end of Key Stage 2 the children should be able to use some of the skills necessary to conduct independent research. Educational visits are built into our planning to support the various study units. It is our intention to make the study of History exciting and stimulating.