“A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and
understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity
to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions,
think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change,
the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own
identity and the challenges of their time.” History programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2
National Curriculum in England
History at St Antony’s is taught through the International Primary Curriculum along with geography, art, design and technology. This means that children will learn through topics that link subjects together. It encourages children to engage with their own learning so the topics relate to their current needs and is relevant to their future. It supports the development of their knowledge, skills and understanding in each subject.
KS1 - Years 1 and 2
In years 1 and 2 at St Antony’s we aim to develop an awareness of the past identifying similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. Children are encouraged to use everyday historical terms and not only to answer questions but to ask them as well.
In their topic “Time Travellers” Year 1 think about changes within their living memory by looking at the lives of Prince George and Princess Charlotte as well as studying the Great Fire of London as a significant historical event. They also spend time looking at the lives of local historical people including William Morris and Winston Churchill.
Year 2’s history topic is “People of the Past”. They think about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, for example, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, Pieter Bruegel the Elder LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Mary Seacole.
KS2 - Years 3-6
From Year 3 to Year 6 the children develop a chronological knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history establishing narratives within and across the periods they study, noting connections, contrasts and trends over time. Children are expected to use historical terms and are encouraged to consider historically valid questions and informed responses about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
Year 3 children begin their topic “Scavengers and Settlers” with a trip to Epping Forest to learn about how early humans survived in the wild. Following on from this children study the changes in Britain from the Stone Age through the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. In our Active Planet topic the children also study Mt Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
In Year 4 children study life in Ancient Egypt. They look at how important the Nile was to the Egyptians and their farming. They learn how to use hieroglyphics and use different sources to find out more about the everyday life of people in Ancient Egypt.
In their topic “The Great, the Bold and the Brave”, Year 5 children learn key facts about Ancient Greek and Roman life and architecture and explore the influence of their civilisations on our lives today, including how the different styles of Greek government have influenced our political systems today. In addition, the children had the opportunity to find out how key people such as Boudicca and Alexander the Great built up armies and their fights over different lands.
In Year 6 In “AD 900” children compare what was happening in Britain in 900AD with the Mayans. Children learn about Mayan artefacts, Mayan hierarchy and Mayan rituals. They also learn how to write their name in Mayan and read each other’s symbols. Children investigate reasons behind the fall of the Mayan empire.
Year 6 children also study WWII in Britain, sequence key events in chronological order. They study key figures such as: Hitler and Churchill and looked at the roles they played during the war. Children study the blitz, air raids, the experiences children had during the war and what it was like to be evacuated. Children also reflect on how our lives have been affected today by the events of WW2.