The New National Curriculum: History
A high quality history education will help pupils to 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 peoples 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.
History at Petersfield Infant School
At Petersfield Infant School history is taught through cross curricular topics and historically based programs of work. Children are encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills through historical enquiry. For example, children learn to gather and process information, draw conclusions, refine their thinking and demonstrate their understanding in a variety of imaginative ways. Children begin by finding out about past and present events in their own lives and those of their families and history within living memory, before moving on to develop their understanding of time before living memory.
In Year R there is no specific learning for History, but there is an area of learning called Understanding the World. Children in Year R:
- talk about family members and personal events and compare things they do now to when they were a baby
- use vocabulary relating to the passing of time
All Key Stage 1 pupils follow a program of historical study informed by the National Curriculum. In Year 1 children:
- learn about the lives of significant individuals such as Florence Nightingale
- compare the lives and times of Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II
- investigate events beyond living memory such as The Great Fire of London
- visit Fort Nelson as part of our Castles topic in the summer term
In Year 2 children:
- find out about events beyond living memory such as the Gunpowder Plot
- learn about the history of our school from Victorian times to the present day through people’s memories, photographs and artefacts from the past
- investigate the history of their own family and relate this to aspects of change in national life