At Sarisbury History is taught through cross curricular topics which really engage the children and sometimes thorough whole school theme weeks and drama workshops. We also use the Hampshire Six Step Enquiry Approach.


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.


In Year R children begin to think about the concepts of time and change, thinking mainly about events in their own lives and those of family members. They think about sequencing and make class timelines to plot important events during their lives.


In Year 1 children explore changes within living memory through their “Toys” topic and also compare the lives of significant people from different historical periods.


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Year 2 look at significant historical events such as The Great Fire of London and World War One and investigate a local place of historical significance.


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