Our History curriculum is guided by the National Curriculum (2014) for KS1 History, and the statutory early years foundation stage and development matters frameworks.
Pupils should 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. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods (for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell)
- significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.Our intent is that history teaching will help our young children develop a good understanding of the past. It is important for our children to understand their own history as a foundation to build upon, allowing them to learn about people and events in history both locally and globally and events within and beyond living memory, reflecting on how these have shaped the world they live in today.
We teach carefully sequenced and progressive lessons rooted in knowledge with opportunity for application of historical skills. We aim to build our children’s experience of what life was like in the past through visitors to school and visits to historical places. Our aim is to ensure that our children are given the best possible introduction to history and become knowledgeable and skilled historians who are curious to know more about the past.