At Holy Family school our aim in History is to have a broad understanding of how history informs our present. In Foundation Stage, children are encouraged to think about their own past and how they have changed since they were born and to begin to understand the passing of time as a concept.
In Key Stage 1, Holy Family children are taught the primary skills of being an historian. These include developing an awareness of the past and the vocabulary to describe it, to know that people and events fit within a timeline and to be able to identify similarities and differences between ways of life at different times e.g. the fire-fighting now and the fire-fighting during the Great Fire of London. In addition to these skills and alongside them, Holy Family children learn about changes within living memory, revealing aspects of change in national life, events beyond living memory e.g. Great Fire of London, the lives of significant individuals from different periods e.g. Queen Victoria and Rosa Parks and lastly significant historical events, people and places in their local area.
In Key Stage 2 Holy Family children’s historical skills are built upon and enlarged by making connections, noting contrasts and trends over time. They are encouraged to frame historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference and to answer them using relevant historical information which can be from a range of sources. In Key Stage 2 children are taught about changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, the settlement of the Angles, Scots and Vikings and the struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor. In addition to the chronological history of Britain, Holy Family children study the achievements of the very first civilizations and study one of them in depth: Ancient Egypt. They will also study Ancient Greece and its influence on the western world as well as a contrasting non-European society e.g. Mayan civilization.
History is brought alive by focussing on a local study and a variety of hands-on experiences both in school and by visits to museums and places of local interest.