Long term planning for history at Key Stage 1

Superficially, Key Stage1 seems the least complex history curriculum to plan because the burden of content to be covered seems manageable.  Scratch beneath the short section that describes the demands of Key Stage 1 history, however, and you’ll find lurking some significant issues to be resolved.  Top of most people’s lists at the moment is the strengthening of meaningful cross-curricular links. The current requirement  is to link the study of famous people by theme is an encouraging development which makes for a more coherent approach. We have grouped our famous people under headings such as Carers ( Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole) Flight (Wright Brothers, Amy Johnson) Discovery (Scott of the Antarctic and Columbus) and Spreading the Word (Caxton and Bell). Famous events can profitably be linked to these of course. Many of you have used the Moon Landing alongside a topic on discovery realising that this is more enriching than a study of Neil Armstrong.

You might like to start by looking the the files which show how two schools have approached the task.  One has concentrated on weaving a number of subjects into a topic on Man’s First Moon Landing, whereas the other focused on the learning sequence,

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