Every child has an understanding of the history of the UK and the wider world, from ancient civilisations, to events beyond 1066. Every child can put events in chronological order and understand the links between cause and effect in different historical events.

The history curriculum is designed by the curriculum co-ordinator, management team and governors to allow pupils to transfer key knowledge to their long-term memory. It is sequenced in a chronological order encompassing significant historical events, people and places in our locality to ensure breadth, balance, continuity and progression. This results in building new skills and knowledge based upon what has been taught before, allowing all pupils to work towards clearly defined end points.

We develop children’s experiences and understanding of history and ignite their curiosity about Britain’s past and that of the wider world; building critical thinking skills so that children can make reasoned judgements that are logical and well thought out through encompassing memorable learning opportunities for example, Egyptian day, Victorian day and Ancient Greek day.

Implementation of the History Curriculum

The school provides a coherently planned curriculum, sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge, skills and cultural capital through informative teaching and learning activities and enhancement experiences.

In Key Stage 1; children will be learning about famous British explorers as well as lesser known local heroes. They will learn about great events in our history from the Battle of Trafalgar to the Duke of Wellington statue. They will also learn about objects and inventions from the past and how these things change and can change us.

The main focus in this key stage is to teach children about the passing of time and give them an understanding of chronology. We also want to encourage the children to begin to think about the use of evidence through providing different resources for them to study. There is also a strong focus on locality in Key Stage One as our area offers a rich and interesting history, from the first British flight to the home of one of our most celebrated female authors.

In Key Stage 2, there is a strong focus on chronology and a key period of British history is taught in each year from Stone Age man through to the Viking invasions. Alongside these topics the children will increase their knowledge of world history, studying ancient civilizations such as the Ancient Egyptians and the Mayans. An aspect of more modern history is covered in Year Six during a topic about the Battle of Britain and Year Five will do a local study on the uniqueness of Aldershot and its military background.

Please click here to view our school History Policy.

Updated September 2021.