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At Hallwood Park Primary School we ensure that pupils cover the Key Skills required for History objectives taken from the National Curriculum. History is now taught in a more practical, cross curricular way incorporating art, music, literacy and many other subjects where possible, without losing focus on the subject’s specific knowledge and skills. History is taught through knowledge and understanding of the world in the Early Years.

We use a variety of resources, including the use of artifacts and educational visits, to support the teaching of History. Visits have included the Roman amphitheatre in Chester and the Museum of Liverpool, as well as more local venues such as Halton Castle. Pupils are taught how to research for information using different sources of evidence such as: IT and book resources; photographs; and maps.

History Overview

Key Stage 1

Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.

They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.

They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.