History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills.

We encourage the children to become enquiring thinkers, forming judgements about events in the past through the exploration of artefacts. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and in-school workshops such as ‘The Great Fire of London’ and ‘Victorian Toys’.

In the Early Years we use the children’s own personal experience to help them begin to develop an awareness of the past. History is introduced in many ways to our children e.g. through drawing up their own personal timeline, or by listening to and questioning visitors talking about the recent past or by asking questions to members of their family such as parents, as well as exploring key vocabulary related to the past.

In Key Stage 1 children begin to look at history by looking at their own lives and making comparisons between themselves, their parents and their grandparents. The children develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They compare life today with that in specific periods of time and learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past by researching key figures in history such as Samuel Pepys and Charles Mackintosh.