National Curriculum - History key stages 1 to 2

History at Dobcroft Infant School provides children with a high-quality education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They learn where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They learn a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. We teach the children to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

By the end of Key Stage One pupils will have been taught about:

  • changes within living memory.
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the     Great Fire of London, the space race and the Titanic.
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. They will use this to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.