Key StaGE ONE (KS1) - History home learning

How did people live in the past? Who were the key men and women that helped shape society as we know it today? These are some of the questions that children focus on in history at Key Stage 1. They also continue to build on learning from the Foundation Stage, exploring changes in their own lives and the way of life of their family or others around them.

Have a look below to see the themes, projects and lessons that your child can engage with to explore the Key Stage 1 history curriculum.

Here’s how you can help your Key Stage 1 child embrace the subject at home.

  • Get your child to see that history is all around them – where they walk, where they live, where they go to school. Ask questions about the type of people that may have lived there and the kind of lives they may have lived. How did children keep themselves entertained in the past?


  • If you are going on a long journey, play games with them that are history-based. For example, get them to spot buildings that have timber frames.


  • Watch history programmes on TV.


  • The best way to teach questioning skills is to ask ‘what if' questions. Encourage them to question, not accept. If the wheel hadn’t been invented what would have happened? History is the best lesson for practising asking and answering questions.

Here are a range of website links to get your child's history brains going!

Use these KS1 History resources for clear and compelling lessons to learn about a number of subjects over a wide time frame. All the resources are free at the moment!

Watch videos and read information about significant people, periods and themes of history.

A range of activities and games (some of which are tablet friendly).

A range of activities and games linked to the history of toys (some of which are tablet friendly).

Test your knowledge or your favourite historical theme by taking a quiz!