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History

During Key Stage 1 we challenge and support our children to carry out a number
historical investigations through the Connected History learning programme which enable
them to use and apply basic and appropriate subject vocabulary, subject skills and
processes (including evaluating primary and secondary sources of evidence) in order to
recognise, identify, describe, observe, reason, recall and begin to explain in simple terms
significant historical events and the actions of notable people in the United Kingdom.

Through Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) in history, learning and teaching build on the
knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes outcomes at Key Stage 1 and the
pupils make progress through being provided with opportunities to reach explanations
(which means that their understanding is based on the clear use of evidence) and to
form conclusions about historical events, issues and the actions of significant people that
they have studied through the Connected History learning programme. Another important
aspect of history at Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) is that pupils begin to develop historical
perspective and therefore become able to see people and events through the eyes and
experience of different stakeholders, i.e. people and communities that have an interest in
or are connected to an issue, person or event. To this end, during Key Stage 2 (Years 3
and 4) we challenge and support our children to undertake historical investigations from
Connected History which enable them to use and apply appropriate and increasingly
specialised subject vocabulary, concepts, skills and processes to recognise, identify,
describe, observe, reason, explain and reach basic conclusions about historical events that
have had a significant impact on the United Kingdom. The synthesising of information
gathered through enquiry to formulate explanations of events and the actions of significant
people in the past lies at the heart of making progress in history in Years 3 and 4.

At Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) Connected History focuses on topics and big questions
that extend the pupil’s historical thinking and subject skills so that they are able to
make judgments about things they learn both from their own personal perspective and
through empathising with the position of others. In addition, opportunities are provided
for the children to evaluate and critique both what they have learned and how they
have learned it and to come up with their own questions to investigate. Higher outcomes in
history also involve children being able to apply what they have learned in one context
to another and to understand concepts as well more discrete areas of knowledge which
they h a v e learned and understood. To achieve this during Key Stage 2 (Years 5
and 6) we challenge and support our pupils to undertake Connected History
investigations which enable them to use and apply specialised subject vocabulary,
increasingly complex subject skills and processes to recognise, identify, describe,
observe, reason, recall, explain, reach conclusions and make judgments, evaluate,
apply and hypothesise about the outcomes of significant historical events and the actions
of individuals who have contributed to shaping contemporary Britain.