What follows may offend those of you of a nervous disposition:it should offend you all.It is Gove’s view of what KS2 history should be and it stinks. It is like a Common Entrance Examination syllabus taught in today’s prep schools and is poles aprat from what is currently taught.
Let’s look at the detail.
Pupils should be taught about the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome.
In addition, across Key Stages 2 and 3, pupils should be taught the essential chronology of Britain’s history. This will serve as an essential frame of reference for more in-depth study. Pupils should be made aware that history takes many forms, including cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history. Pupils should be taught about key dates, events and significant individuals. They should also be given the opportunity to study local history
You may be wondering what happened to the Ancient Egyptians and Aztecs, but don’t worry the worst is yet to come. Pupils are going to be expected to know events from 2,000 years of British history. I need to list them , as Gove has done, for you to feel the sheer horror of the task ahead if these ludicrous changes are allowed to pass into statute.
Pupils should be taught the following chronology of British history sequentially:
early Britons and settlers, including:
the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages
Celtic culture and patterns of settlement
Roman conquest and rule, including:
Caesar, Augustus, and Claudius
Britain as part of the Roman Empire
the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire
Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlement, including:
the spread of Christianity
key developments in the reigns of Alfred, Athelstan, Cnut and Edward the Confessor
the Norman Conquest and Norman rule, including:
the Domesday Book
Plantagenet rule in the 12th and 13th centuries, including:
key developments in the reign of Henry II, including the murder of Thomas Becket
de Montfort’s Parliament
relations between England, Wales, Scotland and France, including:
Robert the Bruce
Llywelyn and Dafydd ap Gruffydd
the Hundred Years War
life in 14th-century England, including:
the Black Death
the Peasants’ Revolt
the later Middle Ages and the early modern period, including:
Chaucer and the revival of learning
Caxton and the introduction of the printing press
the Wars of the Roses
Warwick the Kingmaker
the Tudor period, including religious strife and Reformation in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary
Elizabeth I’s reign and English expansion, including:
colonisation of the New World
plantation of Ireland
conflict with Spain
the Renaissance in England, including the lives and works of individuals such as Shakespeare and Marlowe
the Stuart period, including:
the Union of the Crowns
King versus Parliament
Cromwell’s commonwealth, the Levellers and the Diggers
the restoration of the monarchy
the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London
Samuel Pepys and the establishment of the Royal Navy
the Glorious Revolution, constitutional monarchy and the Union of the Parliaments.
Yes, this is KS2!!
It is assumed that KS3 pupils will take up the reigns at the end of the 17th century!
Have you ever seen anything quite like it ? I’ll write more coherently when I’ve calmed down.