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 requirement from 2014 onwards 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).

For many of you there will be only small changes in the way history needs to be taught from 2014. Perhaps a little more local history, more on the past within living memory and a less detailed study of the past beyond living memory as that is no longer stipulated ( though I would certainly carry on with it!).

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,

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