Children in Key Stage 1 at St Jérôme School develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. We believe that learning to understand the past can support us to create a better tomorrow. Children are taught where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They are taught to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They are encouraged to ask and answer questions, to choose and use parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They are taught to understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Pupils are taught about:

  • changes within living memory
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally. For example, the children learn about The Great Fire of London
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality