History is taught as part of an integrated topic based approach in both KeyStages, using the Cornerstone scheme of work.
History in KS1
In Key Stage One as part of Memory Box, Bright Lights,Big City and Towers, Tunnels and Turrets, children will develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
- They will know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
- They will use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.
- They will ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.
- They will understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
Pupils will be 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 first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
- the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
- significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
History in Key Stage 2
Pupils will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They will be taught to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will be taught to regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They will be able to construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
In Year Three/Four as part of ‘Gods and Mortals’, ‘Tribal Tales’, ‘I am Warrior’ and ‘Traders and Raiders’ and in Year Five /Six as part of ‘Time Traveller’, ‘Revolution’, ‘Pharaohs’ and ‘A Child’s War’.
Pupils will be 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 local history study
- 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 one of the following: Ancient Egypt;
- Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
- a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: Mayan civilization c. AD 900