Solent Infant School


How did people live in the past?

Who were the key men and women that helped shape society as we know it today?

These are some of the questions that our children focus on in history at Key Stage 1.

When our children’s journey at Solent Infant School comes to an end they will know about:

• changes within living memory, usually involving a change in national life.
• events beyond living memory that are significant (for example the first aeroplane flight).
• the lives of significant individuals in the past, for example Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
• significant historical events, people and places in their own locality, for example, Charles Dickens and Portsmouth.

Our aim for all Solent pupils is to be able to know and understand about the past, put events into time order: chronological sequence, look at primary and secondary sources, ask questions and think critically.

Key Stage 1 history is taught through historical enquiry. Year 1 and 2 have three main historical lines of enquiry each academic year, taught by key questions and high-quality resources. History is taught for a minimum of 1 hour per week or the year group may decide to block the learning into one week. Cross curricular links are made wherever possible for example history through writing as part of the Year 2 Time Travellers theme.

External visitors (e.g. Marcus Dilly -Ahoy There Pirates); visits e.g. Singleton in line with Year 2’s Dens and Dwellings topic are incorporated into the curriculum where possible to offer an interactive experience for the children to learn and enjoy history. External visitors and visits are areas which we hope to build upon, over the coming years.