Do you know the difference between Roman gods and Greek gods? Do you know who the Mayans really were? These are just some of the questions that the children at school investigate when they study history. Over the course of all key stages children will be making contrasts between things that have happened in the past and how that has changed our lives now; researching and drawing conclusions about the events that have happened in the past and presenting information about the facts they have learnt over a topic.
What is the point of history at primary school? History should inspire pupils curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people's lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 children begin to look at history by looking at their own lives and making comparisons between themselves their parents and the grandparents. Children are encouraged to begin to use the words before, long ago and now. Do you know able to put things into chronological order is a key skill in history and has developed in every year group.
The children progress through this key stage by beginning to use information books and the Internet to research key figures in history such as our Queen, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. They will also be looking at major events that have happened in the past ranging from the Great Fire of London to the Moon Landing. At the end of key stage one the children will begin to develop the skills that will enable them to present information that they have found independently and share this with others.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 begins to take a deeper look at the world from earliest civilisation till the present day!
From cavemen to present day London, from ancient Egypt to Shepherd's Bush during World War II-children will be developing their knowledge of key times and events since time began as well as improving on extending the skills needed to deepen historical enquiry. Knowledge of chronological order will be developed and also have to research what happened in the past and have reliable evidence from others can be.