Key Stage I
During Key Stage I, pupils learn about other people's lives and lifestyles. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past, including those from both Britain and the wider world. Pupils listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They learn about how the past is different from the present and begin to use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. Girls visit museums and other places of interest and begin to appreciate the importance of artefacts as evidence about life in the past. Loan boxes of artefacts are brought into school from the local museum. A popular outing in Prep II is to The Victorian Kitchen which allows the children to compare and contrast a modern kitchen with one from over a century ago. In Prep III, the children visit the Florence Nightingale Museum to aid their understanding of how the actions of an individual have a significant effect on the lives of others in History.
Key Stage II
During Key Stage II, pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. Typically the children study The Invaders, Ancient Civilizations, The Tudor Period and The Victorian Era and they experience at least one visit a year to a place of interest related to the topic they have studied. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain, and in other parts of the world. They look at History in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and social perspectives. Pupils use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways. These skills of historical enquiry are invaluable across all curriculum subjects.