In the early years, history is taught as part of the topic work through child-initiated and adult led activities. Through their teaching, children are given the opportunities to find out about past and present events in their own and family/friends lives. In the early years, history helps children to develop an understanding of the world through a variety of activities, including through stories.
Key Stage 1
During Key Stage 1, children will learn about people’s lives and lifestyles. They will achieve this by finding out about significant people and events from the past in the local area, Britain and around the world. They will use stories and information to help develop their understanding of past events and start to help them ask and answer questions. They will start to develop their understanding of past events compared to present events.
Key Stage 2
During Key Stage 2, children will learn about significant events, people and places from the local area, Britain and around the world. They will build upon the skills developed in Key Stage 1 and develop their understanding of change and continuity of these events, people and places. They will use a wide variety of resources to develop their understanding and question the sources to come to their own conclusions about the event, person or place. Using these they will learn how the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.