At Catchgate Primary School we ensure that pupils cover the Key Skills required for History objectives taken from the National Curriculum. We feel that it is important that we constantly review our planning and adapt our topics to make them relevant and engaging for the children. History is now taught in a more practical, cross curricular way incorporating art, music, literacy and many other subjects where possible. History is taught through knowledge and understanding of the world in the Early Years.
Key Stage 1
Teaching history will help equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgment. History will help 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 their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Key Stage 2
Pupils will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They will note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They will construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They will learn how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and that different versions of past events may exist, giving some reasons for this.
They will study eras from the Stone Age to the Iron Age to an aspect that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge up to World War 2.