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Curriculum Lead: Mrs S. Harvey


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History Vision


At Brierley Hill Primary School, our History curriculum will help pupils gain knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. As a school, we believe that high-quality History lessons encourage critical thinking skills, the ability to weigh evidence, sift arguments and allows pupils to develop perspective and judgement. Our History curriculum will also enable children to gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background.


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Detailed below is an overview of what your child will learn in History through each of the key stages:



In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children will talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of their family members. They know that other children don't always enjoy the same things and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions. 


Key Stage 1 

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 the local area. They will also study changes within living memory as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant such as Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot. Their learning will be placed within a chronological framework.


Key Stage 2 

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. Additionally, in upper key stage 2 they will study a range of time periods such as Ancient Greece, whilst in lower key stage 2 they will study Ancient Egypt and The Mayans. 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.


Progression will be assessed through evaluation of your child’s written work, consideration of their responses and contributions to discussions, alongside an end of unit quiz.