Purpose of Study          

Here at Huxley CE Primary School, we aim to ignite an interest of the past, seeing it as real, live and interesting. During the early years the children are introduced to the recent past, relating to the lifestyles or parents and grandparents in the local area. In our most recent topic we explored the past of Huxley CE primary as we uncovered a box of wonderful artefcats that help bring the past of Huxley School to life! We uncovered the well and looked at the original maps of the school buildings. For us it is important to bring hisotyr to life as much as possible.

As the children progress through the school they learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past.  Children have the opportunity to ask questions and research answers for themselves in their history topics.  They learn about past events and that history can be seen by different people in different ways at different times.


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1. Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrativee from the earliest times to the present day: how people's lives shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  2. Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilizations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristice features of past non-European societies; achievements and folllies of mankind
  3. To gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as: empire, civilization, parliament and peasantry.
  4. Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequences, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts.
  5. develop substantive and displinary knowledge through investigative learning.
  6. understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been contructed History- Key stages 1 and 2
  7. gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connection between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short and long timescales.

What we are learning: EYFS

Understanding the world: past and present (Geography Unit) My family history (Geography Unit) The greatest explorers. (Geography Unit) Great invention - transport

See attachment below for Acorns and Oaks overview of the year and planning.









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