History

History should inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. The National Curriculum objectives for history aim to give children a knowledge and understanding of the past of the wider world around them, as well as that of Britain and their local environments. Our teaching encourages the pupils to ask perceptive questions, and uses relevant sources to support pupils’ understanding of the process of change over time and the diversity of societies that have existed in the past. We believe that using practical resources really benefits and enhances the pupils’ perceptions of the time period they are studying, and would like to increase our available resources across both KS1 and KS2. In Years 1 and 2, pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Throughout their topics, they are taught a wide variety of everyday historical terms. Throughout KS2, pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. In their range of topics, they are taught about how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources, and develop their use of historical terms. History is covered in our overarching topics that differ in each year group and are changed every half term. Some topics may have more historical links than others, so some terms have a heavier history focus than others.