In the Early Years aspects of History of developed and brought into the curriculum through topic work and using the local environment.

In Key Stage 1 pupils develop an awareness of the past through topic work. They are encouraged to develop their historical vocabulary relating to the passing of time. Events are studied in a chronological nature to encourage the children's understanding of time and to enable the children to compare and contrast between ways of life in different times.

Pupils consider:

  • 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 (E.g The Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flights or events commemorated through festivals and anniversaries.
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national or international achievements.
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Through a study of local, British and, within Key Stage 2, a world history study, the school History programme of study provides a framework within which the children can develop their:

  • chronological understanding;
  • knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past;
  • ability to understand interpretations of history;
  • skills in acquiring evidence from different historical sources and in forming judgements