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Why is History important?

History is important because it helps children to understand and interpret the past, and therefore, the present.


Through history, children develop a deeper cross-cultural awareness and understanding of their own and others’ heritage, through looking at evidence and asking and answering questions.


In history, we can analyse successes and failures, which, in turn, teaches us to learn from our mistakes and this is hugely important to us as Christians and in our promise of ‘Preparing our Pupils for their Futures’.


When is History taught?
History is taught through thematic units. The subject overview (below) maps out which thematic units feature this subject.


How is History taught?

History is taught through a combination of subject knowledge, historical skills, enquiry and fieldwork. Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom.

Who do we learn about in History?


We learn about the following individuals:-


  • Thomas Edison

  • Walt Disney

  • Mother Teresa

  • Neil Armstrong

  • Roman Emperors and rulers

  • Martin Luther-King

  • Nelson Mandela

  • Rosa Parks

  • Various World Leaders

  • Tim Berners-Lee

  • John Logie Baird

  • Steve Jobs

  • Carl Linnaeus

How do we assess and monitor History?


Class teachers update track-zone at least after each theme (6 weeks) or each competency or essentials unit (3 weeks). This is used by class teachers to plan next steps. The history leader monitors this to identify areas of strengths and where development is required through school. The history leader then plans appropriate next steps, including CPD for staff, and uses the data to create the action plan.

What do we learn about in History?


We learn about the following:-

Old Things
Wars (World Wars, Civil Wars)

The Ancient Greeks

The Inuits

Roman Empire and Invasions

Inventors e.g. Thomas Edison

The Mayans

The Benin

Famous historical figures







Technology e.g. the Internet and World Wide Web
The Moon Landing

Significant local history figure / event

Apartheid / Anti-Semitism

Discovery of America / Native Americans

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