Althorpe & Keadby Primary School

  1. Our Curriculum - A School of Adventures
  2. History



‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’

(Marcus Garvey)


Why is History important for children in our school? 

At Althorpe and Keadby Primary School, we aim to develop curious and self motivated children with the knowledge and skills to be able to understand and learn about our world.

History is important for our children because it is a key subject through which they can develop their understanding of key concepts such as chronology, cause and consequence, similarity and difference; they learn to appreciate similarities and
differences in significant civilisations and cultures from the past; they become knowledgeable about the history of the British Isles as a whole and their own local area; they extend their use and understanding of vocabulary and they build cultural
capital and knowledge of significant historical people, places and periods across the world. The above is important knowledge needed by our children to become educated citizens and for being well prepared to make the most of their futures.


We want our children to enjoy and value learning about the past. We aim for them to have access to an ambitious curriculum enriched by genuine first hand learning experiences. We plan for them to visit places of historical interest, to explore
historical artefacts and to engage with others who can share information, narratives and their own experiences of the past, including in our local area. We aim to provide a clear, coherent, well sequenced history curriculum that readily enables our children to make links in their learning, to learn in depth about historical periods and subjects and to maximise opportunities for all of our children to make good progress in this subject.



History Policy

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History as an enquiry


In Key Stage 1 and 2, we teach our history units as enquiries. Teaching staff use the national curriculum expectations and shape these into enquiry questions. Lying under these are sub questions that children will explore each lesson and help them build their answer to the enquiry question over time.  

Children will revisit the enquiry question every session. Revisiting this and building evidence for their thoughts, knowledge and understanding of a given topic. Finally when they have explored all relevant areas of the topic, they will work to answer the enquiry question in detail either through discussion or occasionally written responses for older children. 

The history curriculum at our school includes a focus on carefully planned and taught local history across the whole school. We believe that learning about history through their own local environment, enables our children to better understand and make links with larger scale topics about the history of the British Isles and other parts of the world. We aim for our children to have opportunities to develop their history enquiry skills in meaningful ways including the opportunity to use a range of resources and artefacts such as maps, photographs, census returns and other written materials. We believe a focus on learning about local history, enables our children to understand how and why their local community developed as it did, strengthens their knowledge, appreciation and respect of their local area and community, and helps them develop a sense of belonging, identity and pride in where they live.

History Long Term Plan

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Progression of Knowledge in History

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