History Curriculum Statement

In history we follow the National Curriculum statements which are broken down into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Each class works on a topic each term in a cross curricular way; history is a key part of this.   


We aim to provide a high quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our curriculum is designed to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching is directed at equipping pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Amazing artefacts

Though history lessons we want the pupils to have a sense of awe and wonder about the past.  We believe that a key part of this is giving the pupils the opportunity to handle interesting artefacts.  By handing, exploring, questioning and deriving information from these artefacts, learning is made real and pupils are able to develop their own learning.  They are also exposed to a range of sources such photographs, diaries, newspaper articles and paintings and encouraged to ask questions and make links between their learning.


We believe that it is important for our pupils to see how changes throughout history have shaped the world we live in today.  In Key Stage 1 pupils begin to develop their sense of chonology by learning about events in their own lives and within living memory.  In Key Stage 2 we feel that it is integral that our pupils can make links between different time periods and by learning about them in chronological order they can develop this sense of changes over time.  They will be able to understand how civilizations change and grow, developing each others ideas and inventions, which has lead to the way we live today.


Curriculum Development Opportunities

Year 4 Anglo-Saxon costumes

Year 3 Tatton Park trip

Year 3 Ancient Egyption Museum trip

Year 2 Fire and Rescue Visit (The Great Fire of London)


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