Wherever possible, history is taught in a cross-curricular way with links made through art, dance, ICT and English. In the Early Years, history is taught under the heading of ‘Understanding the world’ and children spend lots of time thinking about the world that they live in and the people in it. In KS1 children are taught to develop awareness for the past. They study famous people and events from history and know where they appear within a chronological framework. In KS2 children develop their skills of enquiry further – they are encouraged to develop their research skills, to find evidence, weigh it up, give reasoned explanations and sequence events. They are also encouraged to look at past societies and identify similarities and differences as well as reflect upon how these times have affected modern day life.
History is not taught as a weekly discrete subject. KS1 and KS2 follow a 2-year rolling programme of topics. Topics lead with history, geography or science as its central theme. During the history- based topics, the majority of the national curriculum outcomes will be covered. These may be structured into weekly sessions or may be taught as a block of lessons. Elements of the history curriculum will be taught and consolidated during other topics too.
KS1 History Topics KS2 History Topics
Significant People Cave Folk
Fire Fire! The Olympics
Toys Walk Like an Eqyptian
Time Detectives Tme Travellers
Once Upon a Modern Time