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KS1 – History

The National Curriculum states that: 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.

In KS1: pupils should be taught about:

  • changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life

  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]

  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]

  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.


In the EYFS, History falls under ‘Understanding the World’

Understanding the World:

  • children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members

  • children make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

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History and Geography Focus Week


During 5th-9th February 2018, pupils from EYFS and KS1 took part in a History and Geography Focus Week. Both key stages concentrated on the Victorian era and the local area. A great time was had by all, with very positive feedback from the children: "…the cooking was fun… [and]…we enjoyed dressing up" (Robin Class pupil) and "…I loved going to the park" (Kai in Owl Class). Year 2 went to explore Cheslyn Gardens and wrote information booklets about what they learned. Watford Central Library have kindly allowed us to display some of the children's work on one of their boards which is now ready for viewing!  


We had several fundraising activities during the week and thanks to the amazing generosity and support of our parents, we managed to raise an impressive £626.83! The money will be used to support pupils' learning and will be split between History and Geography.


Thank you to everybody that took part and contributed to a very successful Focus Week - as you can see from the comments as well as the photographs below, the children had a fantastic time!




Nursery 1 Watford Museum Toy Box
Nursery 2 We explored some of the old toys
Nursery 3 We play some traditional games like Hopscotch


Reception 1 We made lemonade, it tasted delicious!
Reception 2 We made peg dolls
Reception 3 We used pegs and pieces of fabric as clothes

Year 1

Year 1 1 We made traditional rosemary shortbread biscuits
Year 1 2 We played the traditional game of marbles
Year 1 3 We dressed as Victorians

Year 2

Year 2 1 We played the traditional game of Jacks
Year 2 2 We went to explore Cheslyn House
Year 2 3 We went to explore Cheslyn Gardens