"History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people's lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and realtionships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. " (NC 2013)

In History, Ark Byron children explore the past in Great Britain and the wider world. We aim to inspire curiosity to know more about the history of the world in which they live.  Children will leave with a wide ranging and deep knowledge of the past; of places, people and significant events through time. Key areas developed through the teaching of history are: chronological understanding, knowledge and the understanding of events, people and changes in the past.  We aim to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.

Pupils start in Reception with learning about themselves and their place in the world with an "All About Me" theme that looks at them as individuals, e.g. how they have changed since being a baby and their family.  In Key Stage 1 children develop chronological understanding starting with things within living memory (e.g. the theme "Was it more fun to be a child in your Grandparents' time?").  They then learn about significant people and events beyond living memory (e.g. Mary Anning and The Great Fire of London) They further develop their chronological understanding through learning about significant individuals (William Caxton, Queen Victoria and Captain Cook) and how changes over time affect people (e.g. the development of flight and communication).

From Key Stage 2 the history curriculum divides into two main strands, a study of Britain's past  and a series of studies about Civilizations across the world.  British History concepts are taught chronolgically starting with Settlers of the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age.

The study of civilisations is linked to Geographical studies of regions, e.g. children learn about the Ancient Greeks after learning about Europe.

Please click here for the Overview of our Humanities Units of Study: Humanities Overview.pdf

Please explore the curriculum pages of the year groups, or ask us, for more information.