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History

History programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2
 

From early experiences working in their immediate and local surroundings and historical background, the content studied progresses both in depth and range across the key stages. The children move from a focus on changes in their own lives to those of people around them, to those beyond living memory. Study of famous personalities and significant events develops into the study of particular times, periods and societies. A two -yearly cycle of historical topics in Key Stage 1 and a four-yearly cycle in Key Stage 2 enables full coverage of the historical skills and concepts as defined in the National Curriculum.

 

Children in Key Stage 1 are given the opportunity to develop an awareness of the past and of the ways in which it is different from the present. They are helped to set their study of the past in a chronological framework and to understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past.

 

Children in Key Stage 2 are taught about important episodes and developments in Britain’s past from the Stone Age to modern times, about ancient civilizations and the history of other parts of the world. They are helped to develop a chronological framework by making links across these different study units. They are given the opportunities to investigate local history and to learn about the past from a range of sources.