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At Sarisbury Infant School, we aim to teach a high quality History curriculum which inspires curiosity about both Britain's past and that of the wider world.  History is taught in blocks as part of a topic, focusing on the skills stated in the National Curriculum.  We follow the Hampshire Six Step Enquiry Approach as advised by the Hampshire History Team.



As a school we follow the National Curriculum Guidance which specifies:


- pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.

- pupils learn where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

- pupils learn to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms and are taught to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.

- pupils are taught to understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past.


 Pupils are taught about:


- Changes within living memory.

- Events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant.

- the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

- significant historical events, people and places in our locality.

Progression of Skills

History at Sarisbury Infants is carefully planned and tracked to ensure broad coverage with the opportunity to revisit and build on key concepts and skills each year.


Year R focus very much on themselves and their lives. They talk about the lives of people around them and share their Scrapbooks all about their family.  Children begin to think about similarities and differences between things in the past and now, with pictures and books being the main drivers for this.  They also use books to develop their understanding of the past through settings, characters and events.  The Year R environment and Continuous Provision activities lay the foundations of key historical skills and concepts in their play.


Year 1 build on these skills and explore changes within living memory by thinking about how toys have changed.  They learn about Captain Scott's expedition to the Antarctic and why this is a significant event and also learn about Neil Armstrong.


Year 2 do a local history study, finding out about how Sarisbury infant School has changed.  They learn about the Great Fire of London and explore whether it could happen today.  Children also develop their skills by comparing the lives of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale and explore who they think is more significant.



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Harri Heart keeps us safe both inside and outside school


Harri Heart keeps us safe when learning History by

- Making sure we learn about things in an age appropriate way.

- Helping us to think about what we would do in situations we are learning about (e.g thinking about fire safety as part of The Great Fire of London)

- Making sure any visitors we invite into school to talk to us about the past  are appropriately supervised whilst they are in school.

- Ensuring risk assessments are carried out for any trips.

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