History at Jupiter Community Free School, forms an integral part of the curriculum. We believe the study of history inspires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the community and society in which they live and that of the wider world. Throughout their time at Jupiter, children will have the opportunity to research, investigate, relive and understand the History of Britain from national and local perspectives.
During their time in EYFS, the children begin to appreciate the passing of time using the children’s own lives to demonstrate change through exploring seasons, birthdays and specific local, national and international festivals or celebrations.
In Key Stage 1, the children develop an awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. Children will also learn about significant historical events. They will also study changes within living memory as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant such as The Great Fire of London. Their learning will be placed within a chronological framework.
In Key Stage 2, children will continue to appreciate history in a largely chronological context. They will develop a secure understanding of British and world history.
Children will consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will also learn to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of different sources and spend time looking at, and dealing with, different types of media.
They will work as historians where they will critically analyse different sources of information. It also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background. Because of this, we feel it is important for the subject to be taught discretely as well as incorporated within other curriculum subjects such as English and Art.