When I was a year 1 and 2 teacher, one of the highlights of my week was teaching history. I absolutely loved getting children to be curious about people and events in the past and telling them stories about events like the Great Fire of London and the first Moon landing.
Everything your child is expected to learn in year 1 and 2 history, is laid out in the government’s national curriculum (see below). Be aware that your child is expected to meet these expectations by the end of year 2 so if they’re still in year 1, they’ve got plenty of time.
History is different from subjects like English, maths and science where the expectations are related to just one year group. The expectations for history cover both year 1 and 2.
|Changes within living memory including changes in national life|
|Events beyond living memory e.g. the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries|
|The lives of significant individuals in the past e.g. Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, L.S. Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavell. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.|
|Significant historical events, people and places in her own local area.|
People and events
The people and events mentioned in the curriculum are just examples and it’s up to your child’s school to decide who and what events they’ll study.
Ask the teacher to give you a list so that you can borrow relevant books from the library and find video and games online.
Other popular people: Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank, Shakespeare, Emmaline Pankhurst.
Other popular events: The first Moon landing, Gunpowder plot, Poppy Day.
Learning through topics
Most of what she/he will learn is taught through topics like ‘The seaside’ and ‘Toys’, ‘Family life’ and ‘School’. Your child’s school decides what topics to teach so it’s worth getting a list so you can help at home.
How to help:
Click here to read our Top 5 tips for helping with year 1 & 2 history.
Have you forgotten who’s who in year 1 history? Then you need our FREE ‘Who’s who in year 1 and 2 history’ one-pager. Stick it on the fridge or the wall and stay ahead of the game! This crib sheet contains an image of each person mentioned in the curriculum and a sentence about why they are remembered. To get it, click here.