At Sutton Primary Academy we encourage cross curriculum teaching, where by children experience an understanding of how learning links across a range of subjects

History is part of every single one of us and reflecting on the past helps us to understand who we are now and how our future could be. The study of history helps us make sense of humankind and understand the world in which we live. Building knowledge and understanding of historical events and trends, especially over the past century, enables us to develop a much greater appreciation for current events today. Through their study of history pupils will develop their understanding of chronology so that they ‘gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.’ They will gain an insight into how people around the world used to live and appreciate how interpretations may differ. We equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

KS1 History

Key Vocabulary

Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.

Time lines

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.

Vocabulary and Questioning

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.

Sources of information

They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

KS2 History


Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.

Connections and vocabulary

They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.


They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

Applying knowledge

They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

Sources of information

They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

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