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History at our school aims to:-
  • Inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world
  • Encourage thinking about how the past influences the present
  • Support students to develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people
  • Encourage a sense of identity and an increased understanding of pupils’ own position in their own community and the world
  • Develop a range of skills and abilities – particularly those related to finding out about the past, explaining what happened and what people then and now think about what happened
As a foundation subject within the National Curriculum, History is taught from Reception through to Year Six. We offer children learning opportunities which will develop skills in historical enquiry, knowledge and understanding through a varied and engaging breadth of study.
Learning about the past and the methods used to study it, helps pupils make sense of the world in which they live. They are introduced to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past and this helps them to establish their own ideas, beliefs and values and to form an understanding as to why the world is as it is.
As well as developing knowledge of the past, the children learn historical skills which help them understand and interpret historical information. The History curriculum is taught following a programme which includes first hand experiences provided by school visits and speakers which enrich the learning. Where appropriate, cross-curricular links such as English, maths and drama help to consolidate the pupils’ understanding.


Pupils are taught to investigate historical figures and places in their local area, as well as in contrasting areas in the UK and beyond. They are taught to use skills and resources such as photographs, texts and historical artefacts to answer historical questions.
In Reception, children will begin to gain an understanding of history and chronology relating to themselves and their lives, through their half-termly topics. In Key stage 1 and 2, History follows the National Curriculum objectives and is also taught through a large variety of topics. Current “Curriculum Overviews” are posted on this site (on the menu bar on your left), to enable you to see how the subjects link together and are being covered.