At Village Primary School we are passionate that all children have a good understanding of national, international and local history. Through the strong teaching of History, we want to raise our children to be critical thinkers, generate reasoned arguments, develop chronological understanding and weigh evidence and its suitability. With the aim to give them the resources and skills ready for later life. Through the teaching of Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Global Goals, children are given opportunities to share their ideas but make reasoned opinions based on factual evidence, linked to historical evidence and fact.

The passion of History is evident throughout our school grounds and the children are aware of the importance of our local heritage. We raise our children to be proud of where they live. We provide our children with opportunities to visit local landmarks to develop their knowledge further whilst providing positive links within the community. This is then celebrated yearly through a Heritage Week where all classes complete a week-long project on their chosen landmark. This gives them hands-on learning and widens their experiences of the world around them.

Our History curriculum provides lessons that provide awe and wonder which allow children to explore, dream and discover the world that is around them, both in the past, present and future. Throughout all lessons History is evident through cross-curricular links and is taught throughout all core subjects.


History – Curriculum Map

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Toys through time Toys through time Homes over time Homes over time Henry Pease and Saltburn Henry Pease and Saltburn
Year 2 Fire of London Fire of London Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale Captain Cook Captain Cook

–          Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

–          Understand key events.

–          Use stories and sources.

Year 3 The Stone Age The Stone Age Romans Romans The Vikings The Vikings
Year 4 Ancient Egyptians Ancient Egyptians Anglo-Saxons Anglo-Saxons WW2 Churchill
Year 5 The Victorians The Victorians Whitby/ Dracula Whitby/ Dracula Ancient Greece Ancient Greece
Year 6 WW1 WW1 Charles Darwin Charles Darwin Mayans/ Ancient Civilisations Mayans/ Ancient Civilisations

–          Secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and World History.

–          Contrast and explore trends over time.

–          Devise historically valid questions.

Understand how information is gained from a range of sources.