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. We have grouped ours under headings such as Flight (Wright Brother, Amy Johnson) Discovery (Scott of the Antarctic and Columbus) and Spreading the Word (Caxton and Bell).

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, showing the order in which subject contributions would be made to the topic on Castles.  Both case studies appear at the bottom of the list of downloadable resources. Regarding the specific history contribution, you are best to start with the questions raised below.

Here are 10 questions for you to

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