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Appalling draft plans for new KS1 history

Key Stage 1 Draft HISTORY Programme of Study has been punlished today
Well, if you didn’t already know it, its official: Gove is bonkers. The briefest look at the proposed KS1 Programme of Study seriously makes you wonder whether this man has any understanding of early years education. This is what he is seriously? proposing.
Pupils at KS! Should know:

1. simple vocabulary relating to the passing of time such as ‘before’, ‘after’, ‘past’, ‘present’, ‘then’ and ‘now’
2. the concept of nation and of a nation’s history
3. concepts such as civilisation, monarchy, parliament, democracy, and war and peace that are essential to understanding history
4. the lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to our nation’s achievements – scientists such as Isaac Newton or Michael Faraday, reformers such as Elizabeth Fry or William Wilberforce, medical pioneers such as William Harvey or Florence Nightingale, or creative geniuses such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel or Christina Rossetti
5. key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally, particularly those that coincide with festivals or other events that are commemorated throughout the year
6. significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

Nobody would argue with point 1, 5 or 6, but number 2 and 3 are ludicrous. With point 4 the list of famous people appears , narrowly to be restricted to scientists, reformers, medical pioneers and creative geniuses.

I shall be protesting vehemently about this and the even more ludicrous KS2 plans. Please join me.

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