History is primarily taught through our theme based curriculum. It is our aim for children to have a detailed knowledge of British history, and the history of the wider world. Children will develop their methods for historical enquiry and will understands abstract concepts.
At Key Stage 1 children are taught about:
- Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.
- Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London].
- The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, George Stevenson, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Eddison, Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel Pepys and Grace Darling]
- Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
At Key Stage 2 children are taught about:
- Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
- The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
- Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.
- The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.
- A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
- The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of the Ancient Egypt and The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.
- A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – a study of Baghdad c. AD 900.