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​History at Race Leys

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In Reception, History is covered through the Early Learning Goal called Understanding of the World.


In Reception, we love to look at how we have changed! We also learn about changes in time by looking at days of the week, months of the year and the different seasons. We also learn about different celebrations.

Key Stage One

In Key Stage One, History is covered through the History National Curriculum.

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

  • Pupils should know where people and events they study fit within a chronological framework.

  • They should 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 they find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

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Pupils are taught about:


  • Changes within living memory- including 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 locality.

In Key Stage One at Race Leys Infants, we love history! In Year 1, we learn about how we have changed, the history of transport and The Great Fire of London. In Year 2, we learn about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot, compare some wonderful women (you may have heard of Florence Nightingale but do you know who Edith Cavell was?) and finally the history of our school and local area.

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