History in EYFS
In EYFS the children start to learn about the differences between the present and the past in their lives and the lives of family members. This forms the ‘People and Communities’ strand of ‘Understanding the World’.
History in Key Stage One
In KS1 the children begin to develop an awareness of the past, they use common words and phrases that relate to the passing of time. They learn about famous people and events and start to be able to see how these are placed on a chronological time line.
Their vocabulary includes historical terms and different sources are used to encourage children to ask and answer questions, showing their understanding of key features of events.
They are also encouraged to understand some of the ways in which we can find out about the past.
History in Key Stage Two
The children’s chronological knowledge is further developed through the study of different periods and events. First hand experiences bring their topics alive and give the children a fuller understanding of the period studied. Connections, contrasts and change over time are noted and the appropriate use of historical terms encouraged. It is important the children start to devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They are encouraged to construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They start to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.