Teaching history in primary school helps children develop their sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. In key stage 1, history is about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history.

In key stage 2, children learn about people, important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world. Throughout their primary years children will learn about the experiences of people in the past, and why they acted as they did, develop respect for and tolerance of other people and cultures and learn how people in the past have changed the society in which they lived.