HIstory

Our History Lead in school is Jo Wheeler.

We teach history to:  

  • Fire pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world  

  • Encourage thinking about how the past influences the present, including ancient civilisations  

  • Help students develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people  

  • Foster a sense of identity and an increased understanding of pupils’ own position in their community and the world  

  • Develop a range of skills and abilities – particularly those related to finding out about the past, explaining what happened, critically examining evidence and what people then and now think about what happened.  

Our two-year rolling programme includes many history topics with opportunities for learning knowledge and skills.   

History is taught using the school’s topic-based approach to learning and topics are organised and sequenced to enable pupils to revisit prior learning and activate prior knowledge before learning new information. 

  • History lessons are blocked and taught together each term to immerse pupils in their learning and to offer opportunities to revisit, in order for them to transfer their skills and knowledge into their long-term memory. 

  • We enable pupils to have a full range of activities involved in learning History. Where children are to participate in activities outside the classroom, for example, a field trip, we carry out a risk assessment prior to the activity, to ensure that the activity is safe and appropriate for all pupils.  

  • As with other subjects key vocabulary is planned and taught explicitly. 

See our curriculum maps for further detail of topics.