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History

At Broadmayne First School, we want the children to be excited and curious to find out more about the past. Children will learn about past events and significant people and how they have shaped our lives today.  We value the importance of bringing history to life and we believe  that children learn best when:

  • They are able to observe and handle artefacts

  • They have the opportunity to go on visits to museums and places of interest

  • They have access to high quality secondary sources such as books and photographs

  • Visitors come into school to talk about personal experiences of the past

  • They can listen to and interact with stories from the past

  • They undertake fieldwork by interviewing family and older friends about changes in their own and other people’s lives

  • They use drama and dance to act out historical events

  • They are shown, or use independently, resources to carry out research such as  non-fiction books and the internet.

Throughout both Key Stages, children will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas:

  • Chronological understanding

  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past

  • Historical interpretation

  • Historical enquiry

  • Organisation and communication

In Key Stage 1 children will be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through the following areas of study:  

  • changes within living memory. 

  • events beyond living memory of national and global significance.

  •  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. 

In Key Stage 2 children will be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through the following areas of study:

  • A local history study

  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

  • the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 

Children are encouraged to ask  questions, think critically and weigh up evidence from a variety of sources. British Values are explored and promoted throughout our history curriculum. By encouraging a lively and questioning approach to history,  we believe that we can inspire children to think about their own place in the world, and question their values, their rights and their responsibilities towards other people.