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History Curriculum Statement 2021-22

What is my child taught?

In History lessons children will be learning about a variety of topics and will develop the following skills:

  • An awareness of time and to use words and phrases relating to the passing of time
  • Using their knowledge of people and events to put into chronological order
  • An understanding about why people did things and why events happened
  • Using different sources of information to find out about the past
  • Ask and answer questions about the past


These skills will be developed through a range of topics throughout their time at the school.



Children in Reception develop an awareness of the passing of time by thinking about their own family timelines. They are encouraged to think about the similarities and differences between themselves and their family members, which helps them to use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.


Year 1

In Year 1 the learning from Reception is built upon when children learn about Toys; thinking about the toys that they play with now and toys that their grandparents may have played with in the past. Children are then given the opportunity to go on a trip to the Wardown Park Museum and explore toys from the past. This helps them to build upon their understanding of the past and develop their vocabulary relating to the passing of time and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. Children also learn about Luton and are given opportunities to compare what some parts of the town looked like in the past and what they look like in the present.


Year 2


Children begin the year thinking about the lives of significant individuals from the past who have contributed to national and international achievements in the topic of Explorers. The explorers focussed on are Captain Blackbeard, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. These explorers are used to compare aspects of life in different periods.



During the Spring Term children learn about The Great Fire of London. Children learn some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented, e.g. through pictures, a diary, newspaper reports. The children enjoy learning about The Great Fire of London and many children are able to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of the story and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of this event. Children also learn about Roald Dahl during the Spring Term. They learn about the main events in Roald Dahl’s life and how they fit within a chronological framework. Children are given the opportunity to go on a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum.



In the Summer Term children learn about the Seaside; discussing different historical sources, e.g. photos, newspapers, brochures that show people enjoying themselves at the seaside in the past and comparing them to the present. This enables children to learn about the changes within living memory and understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.




What can I do to help my child?

You can help by talking to your child about the topics they are learning about at school. Encourage your child to research topics using the internet and reading books. We encourage you to visit museums with your children. Most museums are free and looking at artefacts enriches children’s learning about the past.

Click on the link below to take you to a variety of different websites which will provide additional resources to support your child in their learning