At St Edward’s we believe that, through the study of history, children make sense of their world and enrich their understanding of it. We aim for the children to develop a curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today, what past societies were like, how these societies were organised and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions.
Through this curriculum, children will understand the similarities and differences between societies and cultures, and the impact of changes on people and place. We aim to give children a greater awareness of their belonging in St Edward’s community, Britain and the world.
In key stage 1 pupils are taught about:
- Changes within living memory and changes in national life.
- Events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant.
- The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
- Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
In key stage 2 pupils are taught about:
- Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
- The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
- Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
- The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
- A local history study
- A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
- A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – Mayan civilization c. AD 900