Purpose of study
A high quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It 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 one
Children should be develop an awareness of the past by using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Children should be taught about changes in living memory, events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally, the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements and significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
Key stage two
Children 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. Children should be taught about changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron
Age, the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, 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, a local history study, a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends
pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
Programme of study for History
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