Develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the past and how the past influences our lives today and can shape the future through learning about: the concept of chronology, past events and civilisations, historical enquiry and developing research skills.


The Importance of History

‘’A high quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip 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.” Primary National Curriculum England 2014.


The National Curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:

· Know and understand history 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 has 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

· Gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms

· Understanding historical concepts

· Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously

· 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

The children at GV study a range of significant people, periods and events that occurred in British and international history. These include: Stone Age to Iron Age, the Roman Empire, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greeks and significant events of national importance including WW2. The youngest children at Grove Vale learn about historical events that happened closest to the present year. As the children progress through the years, their History learning delves deeper and further into the past. Throughout each key stage the learning will always use the children as a starting point and links and comparisons to our lives, in the present day, will be explored.



children are inspired to learn from history and make an active contribution in lessons. They are articulate when using subject specific language and take pride in their work. Children are enthusiastic and eager historians who make links across the eras they have

studied, are excited by new learning and ask thought provoking questions in history. They are keen to make links between eras studied and share information they have learnt.

History Documents

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