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History

Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The early learning goals at EYFS are very much focused on the memories of the child. It may be that they are asked to remember a special event or routine or custom for their family. They may talk about differences between different family members or different generations.

 

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

During Key Stage 1 our pupils will learn about specific people or events that are both within and beyond living history. The pupils will find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past, including those from both Britain and the wider world. They will learn how the past is different from the present and develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Our pupils are encouraged to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms and they should be able to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories to show that they know and understand key features of events.

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

At Key Stage 2, our 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 should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.

Pupils at Springfield Primary School learn 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 ((e.g. World War 2, Victorians, Tudors, the 1960s)
  • the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300

Our provision is made in the teaching of History for cross-curricular work particularly that of PSHCE, RE, Literacy, Numeracy, Geography, Drama, Art, DT and ICT.