Learning in History

All the teaching staff at Meon Infant School are working with Meon Junior and Moorings Way Infant School colleagues to identify how our curriculum will meet the needs of our children across the three schools.

We believe it is important to plan the learning journey of the children from Year R to Year 6. As an Infant school our education helps teach students the skills and knowledge they will need to continue to develop at our Junior school.  This is vitally important. As three schools, we have worked together to produce a joint intention of what we want the children to learn. 

By the end of Year 2

By the end of Year 2 our historians will have developed an awareness, interest and appreciation for events of the past with a recognition of how things have changed within a chronological framework.  They will be armed with the skills and language to identify, interpret and evaluate similarities and differences in times and clues left behind.  They will have discovered significant historical places, events and people of Portsmouth through a range of hands on experiences to help them find their place in the world.

Pupils should be taught about:

  • changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.


By the end of Year 6

By the end of Year 6, our historians will have built their prior knowledge, awareness, interest and appreciation of historical events of the wider world.  They will have studied periods of British, local and world history through a range of real-life experiences and exploration of sources to strengthen and deepen their understanding.  They can confidently make connections, contrasts and recognise trends over time using historical terms to help them find their place in the world.