Aims and purposes of history History teaching offers opportunities to:
- develop children's sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world;
- introduce children to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past.
Early Years: Reception
People and Communities
Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.
Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience.
Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends.
Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life.
Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family.
Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines.
Key Stage 1
In key stage 1, history is about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history. Children:
- learn about familiar and famous people and about events from the recent and more distant past in Britain and elsewhere;
- look for similarities and differences between life today and in the past and use common words associated with the passing of time;
- talk and write about what happened and why people acted as they did;
- find out about the past using different sources of information and representations.
Key Stage 2
In key stage 2, history is about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world. Children:
- find out about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times, making links across different periods of history;
- learn about different aspects of local, British and world history;
- discuss why things happened or changed and the results;
- carry out historical enquiries using a variety of sources of information and look at how and why the past is interpreted in different ways;
- use their understanding of chronology and historical terms when talking or writing about the past.