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History helps children develop an understanding of what life was like in the past as well as helping them understand the things that are happening in the world today. They begin an historical Learning Journey by asking questions about it. They then use a variety of
‘evidence’ to help answer those questions all the time remembering that there are always at least two sides to a story - I know this side of the story but what is the other side of the story? What does the evidence tell us, can it be relied upon, is there something else that can tell us more, from whose perspective is this evidence written, can it be trusted? These are the key questions that, as historians, they will ask.

In the Foundation Stage, the children begin their historical journey by exploring the past and present events in their own lives and those of family members. 

In KS1 pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They develop their chronological understanding and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They also begin to use
historical terms and vocabulary. Children ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand the key features of events whilst also understanding some of the ways in which we find out about the past and the different ways it is represented.

In KS2 pupils 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. Connections, contrast and trends over time are noted and an appropriate use of historical terms is developed. Children regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference and significance. They construct informed responses that involve the thoughtful selection and organisation of
relevant historical information and they appreciate that our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Across school, History is taught on a cross curricula basis via our Learning Journey's. These are supported through the schools adoption of the Cornerstones resources. Information about Cornerstones can be accessed via their own website


History programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2