We want our pupils to understand that it is history that binds us together as a distinctive community from a widely globalised culture. The history curriculum will provide children with a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

Each term, the children carry out an in-depth study of a significant time period in history. During these sequences of lessons, our aim is for the children to be curious and inquisitive about the past through asking perceptive questions and thinking critically. We shall develop their ability to scrutinise evidence and decide which version of events are credible. We hope they will be inspired by the amazing citizens, cultures and societies who have helped shape and advance our nation and the wider world; and to also learn from the mistakes and injustices that have occurred throughout time. By the end of the children’s historical journey, we believe that they shall have an understanding of their own identify and a sense of belonging which only history can provide.

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world

  • Know and understand 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

  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.