Churches as a local historical source

Primary History Article

By Hilary Cooper, published 23rd February 2014

Churches and the National Curriculum

At Key Stage 1 children should learn about significant events, (e.g. the Great Fire of London) and about people and places in their locality. At Key Stage 2 they should learn about British settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots (e.g. Anglo-Saxon art and culture) and do a local history study (e.g. study an aspect of history or a site which may go beyond 1066 which is significant to the locality).

A church study could help children to develop a ‘chronologically secure knowledge of British, local and European history' (DfE 2013 p. 189). For periods before the mid-sixteenth century this will work best with what are now Church of England churches...

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