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Within the Prep School, our history curriculum seeks to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.  Cross-curricular learning, visitors to the school, and trips to sites of historical interest immerse the children within topics which develop their understanding of the past in relation to themselves, their families, their community and the wider world. History lessons equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

Early Years

Children in Nursery and Reception learn about the world around them, they find out about the past through talking to parents, grandparents and friends, stimulating an interest in their own story as well as the stories of their family. This is the beginning of developing an understanding of the past and helps them to learn about how other people are different from them, yet share some of the same characteristics and ideas.

Children using their chatter books as a
stimulus for discussion
Children sharing their memory boxes
with their peers

Key Stage 1

In Years 1 and 2, pupils develop an awareness of the past using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time to learn about changes within and beyond living memory. Pupils:

  • learn about the lives of some significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • find out about where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework, and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
  • use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms
  • ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events
  • begin to understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
Making archaeological discoveries!


Key Stage 2

In Years 3 to 6, pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Pupils:

  • make connections, discuss trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms
  • begin to devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance
  • construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information
  • understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
WW2 exhibits for the class museum Evacuees for the day