History is a study of time and change. Pupils will gain an understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils' curiosity to know more about the past. Major historical events and periods are covered with reference to people alive at the time. Children carry out local studies in which they trace historical influences within their local area. History helps pupils to understand peoples lives, the process of change, different societies and the relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity.