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History

In History pupils gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

In Key stage 1 children learn about changes within their living memory and aspects of national life. They also learn about things from beyond their living memory that are significant nationally or globally for example, the Great Fire of London. Children learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements such as Christopher Columbus and Nelson Mandela. They also learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to develop an understanding of the chronology of History including British, local and World History. They learn to make connections and to understand contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.

In British History the children learn 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 and the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor. In addition, they also complete a local history study on the Georgians in Derby and study a theme or aspect of History from 1066.

In World History, pupils study the achievements of a selection of early civilisations such as The Egyptians, Ancient Greeks and the Mayans.