History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.
In history, pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.
Our History Intent
- To design a History curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum History Programmes of study.
- To build a History curriculum that develops learning through enquiry, research and analysis and results in the acquisition of historical knowledge and skills.
- To develop a respect for historical evidence, notable events and people of influence within a chronological timeframe.
- To apply the ability to use this understanding to critically support learning and the ability to think, reflect on, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
Learning is linked to a range of topics, affording children opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, compare and contrast historical figures and events using primary and secondary resources and communicate historically. Pupils have opportunities to learn about significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind. Children are also encouraged to learn key subject specific vocabulary in order to access historical sources and texts effectively and debate with precision and accuracy.
The curriculum is further enriched with trips out to historical sites and visiting experts to provide first-hand experiences for the children to support and develop their learning.
Explore our Curriculum
Year 5 - History - A visit from an archaeologist!
19th Oct 2023
We were very lucky to have a visit from an archaeologist who brought along some local Anglo-Saxon artefacts - it was brilliant!
Year 1 - History - Chronology
13th Oct 2023
In history, we have been learning about timelines. We have been thinking about what might have been the same and different about our lives and the lives of our grandparents. We were really lucky that Grandad Malcolm came to visit! He told us about his life as a child. We compared games we play at break time and decided to teach him how to play 'Duck, Duck, Goose'!
Year 4 - Art/History - Roman Mosaics
21st Sep 2023
We have been learning about ancient Rome and in response to seeing some of their mosaics we made our own with paper and card squares.
Year 2 Pirate Day
4th Jul 2023
Year 2 were replaced by the crew of The Bounty Ship captained by Sailor Stinkalot and Swashbukler O'Greedy. We have found out our pirate names and learned some of the language. We have also written our Pirate Code of Conduct and used pirate songs to dan ce and scrub the decks. This afternoon we have Pirate PE and feast of rum and biscuits.