Just how good is your KS1 history curriculum?

The 12 most crucial questions to ask yourself about your KS1 history curriculum, and some expert answers if you get stuck!

What you should be doing, and what to do if you’re not!

Let’s start with the statutory then move on to the questions and then the ‘answers’!

Statutory requirements

Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases
relating to the passing of time. 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. 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 we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Pupils should be taught about:

1. changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal
aspects of change in national life
2. events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the

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