History

Member of staff responsible – Mr Rolison

 

Overview

At All Souls we aim to make History exciting and relevant to the children we teach.

 

Through the History curriculum we equip children with the skills to question sources and look for the most accurate pieces of information they can find. We aim to enable children to build their own understanding of the historical and modern world around them through query, research and deeper thinking.

 

Key Stage One

Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using words and phrases they understand to describe the passing of time. They should know how to fit the people and events they study into a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between different periods of history.

They should ask and answer questions, choosing key parts of stories or other sources to show their understanding of events. Pupils should understand some of the ways we find out about the past and how it is represented.

 

Pupils should be taught about:

-changes within living memory

-events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

-the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements

-significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

 

Key Stage Two

Pupils should 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 should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

 

Pupils should be taught about:

-changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

-the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

-Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

-the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward
the Confessor

-a local history study

-a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological
knowledge beyond 1066

-the achievements of the earliest civilizations

-Ancient Greece

-a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history