"A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world." (The National Curriculum 2014)
At St Chad's, history introduces our children to what has happened in the past and how this has shaped our present and future, both locally and in the wider world. We aim to inspire our children's curiosity to find out more. They learn how to ask questions about events, look at evidence and develop their decision making skills. History is taught as a cross-curricular approach as part of our theme work. Children are taught a range of investigative, research and analytical skills which enable them to become independent, evaluative leaners. This is taught and supported through discussions, the use of primary and secondary resources, role play, field work and first-hand experiences. Educational visits and visitors are also promoted and organised where appropriate for enrichment opportunities linking to themes covered.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Nursery/Reception) and the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum (Year 1/Year 2) provides us with a basis of the knowledge and skills that our children will learn throughout their time at St Chad's.

During the Early Years Foundation Stage, history is taught within the are of learning, 'Understanding the World'. Children learn about the passage of time related to their own lives and experiences and begin sequencing simple pictures and events.

Across Key Stage 1, children are taught about:
  • changes within living memory
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally (for example, the Great Fire of London)
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
A copy of our progression map for History can be found below. 
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