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Hampsthwaite Primary School – History Vision


History is an integral part of the curriculum at Hampsthwaite. We believe the study of history fires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to enjoy a better understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider worldThey will work as historians where they will critically analyse different sources of information, allowing them to ask big questions and form their own early opinions and beliefs. History also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background. Because of this, we feel it is important for the subject to be taught discretely as well as incorporated within other curriculum subjects such as English and Art. We have detailed below an overview of what your child will expected to learn within each key stage.


In Key Stage 1 children will develop an awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. Children will also learn about significant historical events within our local area. They will study changes within living memory as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant such as The Great Fire of London. Their learning will be placed within a simple, chronological framework.


In Key Stage 2 children will continue to appreciate history in a chronological context. They will develop a secure understanding of British, local and world history. Children will consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will also learn to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of different sources and spend time looking at, and dealing with, different sources of information.


Progression in History will be assessed through listening to children’s responses and contributions to discussions and evaluating their written work.  An age-related assessment will be given to parents/carers on reports.