At St Adrian’s, we strive to make history a curriculum full of curiosity and enquiry. Our intent is to provide pupils with opportunities that develop their love and passion of history, whilst developing their historical skills and knowledge through a progressive curriulum.

We aim to use resources which enable children to develop a deep understanding of historical events that have taken place. Teaching will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, develop perspective and judgement and teach them that evidence may lead to different conclusions.

They will be able to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change (comparing then and now), the diversity of societies and relationships between different cultural groups (and the impacts they have had) , as well as their own identity and the challenges of our time.

By the time the children leave St Adrian’s, the children will have developed a range of historical skills and the knowledge of the development and change which has occurred in Britain over time. They will have developed discussion and enquiry skills to be able to see if lessons from the past have been or should be learned for the benefit of the future.

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History in the EYFS

History in the EYFS is promoted through direct teaching and purposeful learning opportunities across different themes throughout the school year. We use planned themes and make the most of unplanned moments that present themselves to talk about artefacts and significant events to develop conceptual understanding of the passing of time. This includes birthdays, recent events and experiences as well as known points in history.

Year 1The Gunpowder Plot Changes within living memory – Toys Intrepid Explorers
Guy Fawkes with his thumbs upToys KS1 topic resources - powerpoints, activity and display pack ...
Year 2Let’s RememberPeople who careThe Great Fire of London
The Great Fire of London - BBC Teach
Year 3Prehistoric Britain 1 Prehistoric Britain 2Ancient Egypt
Mammoths in the snowThe Bronze Age Word Mat | History | KS2
Year 4Ancient GreeceRoman Britain Anglo Saxons and Scots
Ancient Greece | History | KS2
Year 5Saxons and VikingsA Local Investigative study of St AlbansThe Mayans
Year 6 Tudors – Terrible or revolutionary? Kingdom of Benin Significant turning point in British History – WWII