History skills in the areas of historical enquiry, chronological understanding, use of historical terms and understanding different interpretations of history are developed progressively through the key concepts of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference and significance of people and events. The content and order of our History units has been carefully considered to develop children’s understanding of chronology and, where possible, to make links to our local context and to learning in Geography and other curriculum areas.
Where relevant we also teach a whole-school history theme, linked to an aspect of our local area if possible. These themes have, in recent years, included learning about the impact of the First World War in Hampstead, the history of our school in its 160th year, the Olympics in London and Remembrance at the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Learning in History is enriched by a wide range of trips to, for example, the Museum of London, the British Museum, the Florence Nightingale Museum, the Museum of Childhood and, locally, to Burgh House. Drama workshops also allow children to widen and deepen their understanding of the periods studied.