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At Parsonage Farm, we aspire to create life-long learners and to build independence, confidence and resilience within our pupils. Our history curriculum has been designed with a set of progressive skills which are carried out from Nursery to Year 2. These core skills are driven by fun, engaging and exciting topics! Each topic is adapted to the cohort based on their interests and have been created to meet the needs of all our children.

We believe in embedding children with the skills to ask deep and meaningful questions, to think critically about different sources and to recognise the impact significant people and/or events have had on our world today.

Teaching and Learning

Our History curriculum is based around the EYFS Framework (in Nursery and Reception) and the National Curriculum for KS1 (in Years 1 and 2).

History National Curriculum for KS1

Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Pupils should be taught about:

  • changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • 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

Progression of Skills

Our History curriculum is planned so that there is a clear progression of skills from Nursery to Year 2 but within each year group we also meet the individual needs of our all children. Please see table attached below.

Enrichment Activities

At Parsonage Farm the children are given many additional opportunities to enrich their historical skills within a variety of contexts. These include discovering the history of the Farnborough Air Show and understanding the importance of Remembrance Sunday.