Thornton Primary School

Thornton Primary School

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History Curriculum Overview

We teach History at our school in a way that inspires our children to want to know about the past. The curriculum includes historical events that have occurred in Britain, from the earliest times to the present day. Our children are encouraged to consider these times and how people’s lives have been influenced as a result.


There are opportunities for our children to know and understand significant aspects of history from the wider world. This includes the nature of ancient civilizations and the expansion and dissolution of empires, relating this to their geography work. Our children engage in field trips to experience the various aspects of historical enquiry. They are encouraged to think critically when exploring a range of sources, asking perceptive questions, weighing up evidence, making connections and record their own structured accounts.


In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, children are taught common words and phrases relating to the passing of time and everyday historical terms. The content of their curriculum relates to personal events from their own lives and people that they know. This extends to historical events within their living memory, as well as some significant events and the lives of significant people, beyond living memory. Pupils in Key Stage 2 continue to develop knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, using their geographical studies to support these. They are encouraged 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 challenges of their time.


We support our SEND children by pre-teaching subject specific vocabulary and scaffolding work where appropriate. Methods of recording are adapted to support children with a range of needs, if required.