History

Through the teaching of history, pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world.

Pupils will be inspired to be curious and learn more about the past. Teaching will equip children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift through 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 the challenges of their time.

History in Year 1

Pupils will be taught:

    • changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
    • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
    • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [Henry VIII]
    • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

History in Year 2

Pupils will be study:

Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries].

The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell].

Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

History in Year 3

The children will study:

• Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

• Ancient Greece - a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

History in Year 4

These are the areas of study for Year 4

The Roman Empire in Britain

Resistance to the Romans

Roman literacy and art

Indus Valley – In depth study

Address and devise questions and answers

Construct informed responses and organise relevant historical information

History in Year 5

The areas of study in History for Year 5 are:

    • the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
    • a local history study

History in Year 6

The children will be learning about World War II and the Battle of Britain. They will enhance their chronological understanding and historical interpretation. Again, cross-curricular links will be made, especially with English, which will give them the opportunity to develop their understanding of evacuees, rationing, The Blitz as well as the Holocaust. The learning journey will be complemented by their trip to Newhaven Fort.