Our vision for history is to develop

  • successful learners who achieve their potential in history, developing their understanding of chronology, legacy, continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, and significance
  • confident individuals who are able to think and discuss freely, and suggest and follow historical enquiries, and understand different interpretations of past events
  • responsible and spiritual citizens who appreciate diversity, the achievements of past societies and the contribution of different civilizations to shaping our lives today
  • active engagement, drawing on appropriate outside expertise to enhance our history curriculum, including first-hand experience through visits, visitors and artefacts

History is part of a child’s broad, balanced curriculum, integral to the basic curriculum of the school and part of the child’s all-round development.  Our curriculum fulfils and goes beyond the requirements of the national curriculum in history, developing understanding of people, events and periods in the past.  It deepens understanding of the concepts of chronology, enquiry, interpretation, significance, continuity and change, similarity and difference, cause and consequence/effect, equipping pupils to pursue lines of historical enquiry, asking their own historical questions and using evidence intelligently.

The school long term curriculum map covers the National Curriculum programmes of study, providing a framework of objectives identifying the key knowledge, concepts and skills to be taught. History is taught as part of "Learning Means the World", our thematic curriculum mapped and planned effectively through a 2 year rolling curriculum.

Our provision is further enriched with

  • visiting speakers/activity organisers such as Egyptian re-enactor, Victorian schoolmaster and Viking workshops
  • visits to places of historical interest such as Chester Grosvenor museum, Hoghton Tower, Clitheroe Castle, Fleetwood museum and Lancaster Judges Lodgings 
  • forest school activities eg exploring stone age tool use, fire and cave painting
  • artefact loans from Harris Museum to stimulate discussion and enquiry
  • “Engage” and “Innovate” events to launch and end topics, such as Roman archaeological dig, Tudor banquet
  • role-play and drama, eg performing Julius Caesar as part of Romans topic

History progression



This slideshow gives a flavour of Year 4-6's Viking workshop day.