During Key Stage 1 pupils learn about people's lives and lifestyles. They explore and talk about artefacts from the past and present. They find out about significant people and events from the recent and more distant past, including Florence Nightingale, Neil Armstrong and the Great Fire of London. They listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They learn how the past is different from the present.
During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past, including Sir Francis Drake, Buckland Abbey and the Blitz on Plymouth, They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world, including the Bronze Age on Dartmoor, the Vikings, Greeks, Egyptians and Mayans. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.