At Riverside we provide a high-quality history education taught though a topic based approach. We hope to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
During Key Stage 1, children will develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will find out where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. Children will begin to understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
In Key Stage 2, children will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They will investigate how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.