At Our Lady and St. Edward’s we believe that History inspires pupils to want to know more about the past and to think and act like historians. It also stimulates the children’s interest and understanding about the lives of people who lived in the past and their impact on our lives today. The study of history makes a valuable contribution to the children’s understanding of all aspects of life-giving children a sense of identity and heritage. History is carefully linked to other subjects across the curriculum providing opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s history as well as the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically. The National Curriculum programmes of study underpins the planning, teaching and learning of history, implemented through a chronological timeline leading to the 21st Century in Year 6.
Pupil interviews, learning walks, end of unit quizzes and work in pupils’ books evidence a broad and balanced History curriculum. These show a progression of key substantive and disciplinary knowledge relating to the historical concepts and abstract terms identified within the National Curriculum for History. EYFS pupils are exposed to the Early Learning Goal of Understanding the World (Past and Present) and exhibit a growing knowledge of similarities and differences between things in the past and now , drawing on their own experiences. Our youngest pupils are able to develop an understanding of the past through settings, characters and events. They are able to make sense of their own life story and family history, Pupils develop a coherent, chronological narrative of the past, with units of work that have strong links to our locality, heritage and link to the wider world and historical periods. Pupils develop a love of History and an interest in further study at home and the work of historians both past and present.
History – Key Knowledge
Below is a list of the key historical knowledge that all children should be fluent with. Children should be able to recall these key facts from their year group, and all previous year groups. They should be confident discussing, explaining and describing events in detail.
History Key Progression
Key Stage 1
Key stage 1 Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented
Key Stage 2
Key stage 2 Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources