History at St Antony’s is taught alongside the other foundation subjects, geography, art, design and technology through a topic-based approach. 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. We endeavour to give the children opportunities to develop their knowledge and key skills through enquiry, discovery and first hand experience.
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.
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.