History teaching at Earlsmead Primary school fosters in children an interest in the past and encourages them to develop understanding.

The aims of History within our school curriculum are:

  • to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past, as well as teaching them to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today
  • to enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time
  • to develop a sense of chronology
  • to understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture
  • to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world
  • to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation
  • to develop skills to interpret primary and secondary source materials 

Early Years Foundation Stage

History is taught in the Reception classes as an integral part of topic work, through child-initiated and adult led activities. The children are given the opportunity to find out about past and present events in their own lives, and those of their families and other people they know.


History for the Early Years Foundation Stage makes a significant contribution to developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through activities such as discovering the meaning of new and old in relation to their own lives.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, pupils learn about people's lives and lifestyles. They find out about

significant men, women, children and events from the recent and the more distant past in

Britain and the wider world and compare them to the present day. They use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They learn how the past is different from the present.

Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and the more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world.

In Key Stage 2 pupils look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic points of view.They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past ,using historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments.

Pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and the more distant past.


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