As a result of the significant changes to the National Curriculum in 2014, the topics and key skills that children are required to learn in History have also changed. The History Curriculum states that 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.’
During History lessons at St Luke’s, from Nursery to Year 6, we thrive upon giving our children exciting opportunities to explore historical events; through thinking critically and asking perceptive questions about their own lifetime and those of the past.
Key Stage One:
Throughout Key Stage One, the children begin all topic lessons with a question. This structure allows teachers to obtain an insight and assess what prior knowledge the children have and use this in their planning of further lessons. These topic lessons allow the children to develop an awareness of the past through studying the following aspects:
- Changes in living memory – changes which happen in their lives and relate them to how they are different from their parents/ grandparents.
- Significant Events which are symbolic nationally or globally, i.e. Great Fire of London
- Significant Individuals – people who have contributed to national and international achievements, i.e. Queen Elizabeth I.
- Significant Historical Events, people and places in their own locality.
Key Stage Two:
Throughout Key Stage Two, topic lessons also begin with a question which allows the children to share their prior knowledge about what they already know and what they would like to learn. In these History lessons, the children continue to develop their understanding of British and World History. From Years 3 to 6, the order in which events are taught begin to secure the children’s knowledge of significant events chronologically. Doing this, allows the children opportunities to make connections, contrasts and trends between events over time such as:
- Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to Iron Age
- The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
- Anglo Saxons
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Egypt
- Mayan Civilisation