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History

Through History, children will have the opportunity to indulge their natural curiosity. Children will develop their sense of chronology by studying personal and family history, and then working back through history as they move through school.

Children will learn through real life stories and engage in exciting hands on, practical experiences where History comes alive. Given the opportunity to build up questioning and research skills, children will be challenged to investigate subjects independently and have the opportunity to present their findings in a wide range of innovative ways.

Historical Study

In Early Years the children will learn
Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.
Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life.
Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of them  
In Key Stage One this then is built upon through
Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
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.
In Key Stage Two this is then built upon through
A local history study
A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300

Chronology

In Early Years the children will learn
Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience. Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends. Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
In Key Stage One this then is built upon through
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.
In Key Stage Two this is then built upon through
A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
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.
The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
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 Sumer, The Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

Historical Skills

In whatever objective is taught there will be a progression of skills developed in EACH of the five areas throughout the period being studied – see jigsaw

  1. Historical vocabulary and appropriate historical terminology
  2. Developing an understanding of the chronology – what have they studied before and how much of a ‘step back in time’ is this.  
  3. To be able to ask and answer historical questions
  4. To be able to compare similarities and differences and then find connections and contrasts across the time periods previously studied – We will base some of this around ‘Where would I sleep?’
  5. To use sources of evidence to find out  about the past and them compare and contrast the reliability of the sources to gain historical information
  History
Nursery Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends. Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.  
Reception Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience.Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life.Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of them.  
Year One Changes within living memory – where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life from current day – 1960
Year Two Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally 1960- 1900
Year Three   CAPTAIN COOK A local history study
Railways – Stockton to Darlington 1825-1870 – present day Jonnie Walker 1781-1859 Introducing both physical and Human Geography
Year Four Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots 410 – 1066
Year Five The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain 55BC
Year Six 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 Sumer, The Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China 3000BC – 2000BC

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