We follow the Primary National Curriculum for History in England
History is a subject which enables children to engage with the past – learning about people of significance, be inspired to research famous events, roll their sleeves up for the nasty, gory stuff and discover some simply mad stories.
The National Curriculum encapsulates History as:
- Ordering events in time
- Finding differences and similarities,
- Writing and talking about the past.
- Using different sources for information, and
- Asking and answering questions.
Discover more about our History Curriculum at Badsey from the documents below:
History Performance Descriptors
History in the Early Years
In Reception, the early learning goals are focused on the memories of a child – for example, reflecting on a special event or family custom. Children will also explore differences, considering different family members and the concept of generations within the family.
History in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
The National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 asks children to learn about specific people or events that are both within and beyond living memory. In these year groups, the children develop a grounding of what History is and this foundational learning is revisited and built upon in Key Stage 2. Teachers are given the opportunity to help children make comparisons between ‘then’ and ‘now’. At Badsey, we consider some of the examples provided in the National Curriculum – such as a comparison between William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, or a study of the Great Fire of London. Themes such as Toys and linking learning to our local setting of Evesham also lend themselves really well to helping the children learn about the past.
History in Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4 and 5)
The National Curriculum for Keys Stage 2 is much more prescriptive. Children in these classes will learn all about the following periods of British history:
- The Stone Age
- The Romans
- The Anglo Saxons
- The Vikings
- A local history unit considering Simon de Montfort and the Battle of Evesham
- A period of history later than 1066 – we cover WWII
Beyond this, schools have some flexibility around introducing children to World Civilian History. At Badsey, we cover:
- Ancient Egypt
- The Mayans
Supporting Your Child at Home
Share your family history
Make history relatable by sharing your own family history with your child. Share fun memories of the people and places in your childhood, and encourage your child to talk about their favourite memories as well. Share photographs with them from the past and talk about the differences between then and now.
Books and television
Use books or TV programmes as a conversation starter about the past. Read about people and events that have made a difference in the world, and let your child know that these people were not unlike your child. Try visiting your local library to discover a wider range of books.
Commemorate important historical events
Make your child aware of historical events such as Remembrance Day. Discuss why they are important and think of ways you can commemorate them together. Watch the news together and explain what is happening and why.