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The teaching of history will give children a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.  It will inspire the children’s curiosity to find out more about the past and give them the opportunity to question, think critically, evaluate evidence, consider arguments and develop a perspective of the past.  History helps children to understand the lives of others as well as giving them an insight into their own identity and their place in history.

Key stage 1

The pupils will develop an awareness of the past and use a wide range of vocabulary and phrases to describe the passing of time.  They learn to put events and people into chronological order and to identify similarities and differences between different periods of history.  They will ask and answer questions, selecting information from sources to show that they show an understanding of key events.  They will also understand some ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which history is represented.

Key stage 2

The pupils will continue to develop chronology and a secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They form connections, as well as make comparisons, identify trends in history and use appropriate historical terms.  They will frequently answer questions, as well as devise questions about the past, identifying changes, similarities, differences and the significance of events.  They will understand that our knowledge of the past comes from a range of sources.

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