Our high quality history education helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips pupils to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of time.

At Key Stage One pupils develop an awareness of the past using words and phrases relating to the passage of time. They are taught about changes within living memory and events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally. Pupils learn about significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. They also study significant historical events, people and places in their own locality of Willand. Pupils develop an understanding of where their studies fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different frameworks. During the course of their schooling, they study The Great Fire of London, Guy Fawkes, Louis Braille, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, Changes in Technology and Brunel.

At Key Stage Two pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They learn to address and ask valid questions about change, cause, similarity, difference and significance related to the historical topics they study. Pupils are taught how to construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They are taught how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. During the course of their time in Key Stage 2 they will study: Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, The Vikings, Baghdad, Romans and their Impact on Britain, Anglo Saxons and Scots, Fun through the Ages..