History, at Cheadle Heath Primary School, forms an integral part of the creative curriculum. We believe the study of history inspires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live and that of the wider world. They will work as historians within their overriding topic where they will critically analyse different sources of information and ask questions whilst drawing on previous knowledge. We believe that studying history also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background. We have detailed below an overview of what your child will expected to learn within each key stage.
In Key Stage 1 children will develop an awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. Children will also learn about significant historical events within the local area. They will also study changes within living memory (approximately 80 years) as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant. Their learning will be placed within a chronological framework.
In Key Stage 2 children will continue to appreciate history in a chronological context. They will develop a secure understanding of British, local and world history. In upper key stage 2 they will study a range of time periods such as the Anglo Saxons, Vikings and World War II , whilst in lower key stage 2 they will study The Stone Age, The Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Egyptians (as well as an overview of all the ancient civilisations) and the Roman Civilisation. Children will consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will also learn to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of different sources and spend time looking at, and dealing with, different sources.
Progression in History will be assessed through listening to children’s responses and contributions to discussions and evaluating their written work. Children will have the opportunity to take part in 'pupil voice' meetings and share their historical skills, understanding and wishes.