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At Stanburn we believe that the teaching of history is important to develop knowledge and understanding of people, events, situations as well as chronology, characteristic features and the vocabulary needed to describe them.

In KS1, through topics such as ‘Who do we thing we are?’, ‘Huff and Puff’ and ‘Elegant Elizabethans’, the children explore changes in living memory and significant people and national events beyond living memory. The children learn the importance of putting events into a chronological order and the vocabulary that we use when describing the concept of time passing.

In KS2 the children are required by the National Curriculum to look at the chronological development of Britain covering the period from the Stone Age up to the Vikings followed by the effects of World War 1 and World War 2 on the development of British society. Pupils also undertake in-depth studies of the wider world including the Indus Valley, Ancient Greece and early Islamic civilisations i.e. Baghdad 900BC.

The School has a wide range of artefacts that the children handle and which helps brings these topics to life; trips to museums are also used to foster the sense of awe and wonder associated with these topics. These trips include visits to the Harrow Heritage Museum, Chiltern Open Air Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In addition to this, we are fortunate to have a World War 2 Blast Shelter which is used to bring learning to life when studying that aspect of history.