History at Pear Tree Mead is a subject that aims to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding of the life of people who lived in the past. Children are taught a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity, and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Therefore, they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in the modern, multicultural world and by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. Children are taught to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today and investigate these past events. This in turn enables them to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem- solving.
The Teaching and Learning of History
In early years, history is a part of the area of learning ‘Understanding the World’. The children find out about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of those in their family and other people they know.
Key Stage One
In Key Stage 1, history is about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history. The children should look for similarities and differences between life today and the past and use common words associated with the passing of time. They will talk and write about what happened and why and find out about the past using different sources of information and representations.
Key Stage Two
In key stage 2, history is about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world. The children should discuss why things happened or changed and the results. They will carry out historical inquiries using a variety of sources of information and look at how and why the past is interpreted in different ways. They will use their understanding of chronology and historical terms when talking or writing about the past.