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History

In history, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view - skills that are prized in adult life.

History is concerned with chronology and is the study of evidence about the past. It gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, and cultural relationships. History is about real people and real events which happened in the past.

History fires the children's curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world.
Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people's actions.

As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.

They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.

These are the periods in History which are covered throughout the children’s primary education.

  • In the Foundation Stage, children design and create a class Museum in which they can investigate objects from the past, making links to their own lives and experiences. 
  • Children in Year 1 build a time machine and use it, through role play, to investigate the lives of the Victorians and compare 19th century toys with the toys they play with today. 
  • Year 2 children have the opportunity to learn, in detail, about the lives of two great Britons, Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. The children have a great time learning about the Great Fire of London through reflective artwork and narrative writing. 
  • Year 3 begin their historical journey by researching the Romans Invasion of Britain. This includes a local study as the area of Castleford is rich with Roman historical links. The topic of invaders and settlers continues with the lives of Viking settlers in the North of England. 
  • The children in Year 4 immerse themselves into the lives and history of Tudor England. The first is a study of Henry Viii’s reign and the chronology of his six wives. The children discuss how Henry’s decisions altered religion in England from there on and how this affected the faith across the country for many years to come. The second topic covers the lives of the rich and poor during the Tudor times.
  • Egyptians and Victorians (Year 5) 
  • The Greeks and WW2 (Year 6)