History skills in the areas of historical enquiry, chronological understanding, use of historical terms, use of historical sources 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. Children’s ability to use and question of a range of sources is a key historical skill developed and deepened through the school from, for example, finding out about the Great Fire of London through looking at artefacts in the Museum of London and extracts from Pepys’s diary to questioning the reliability and bias of a range of sources relating to the Vikings.

In Reception and KS1 children learn about changes within living and recent memory as well as significant events and individuals.

The content and order of our History units in KS2 builds on children’s learning in KS1 and has been carefully considered to develop children’s understanding of British history chronologically from the earliest times, and, where possible, to make links to our local context and to learning in Geography and other curriculum areas. Our Ancient Civilisation topics complement this learning by building children’s awareness of British history in the context of the wider world.

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.