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History at Grove Church of England Primary

Revised 2022


“History does not belong to us; we belong to it.”

Hans-Georg Gadamer


At Grove, we teach History with the intention of allowing our children to gain a sense of their own place in the passage of time. Our History curriculum enables our children to develop an appreciation of the impact of historical events and people, as well as an awareness of how these things have shaped our present and will continue to shape our futures.

At Grove, our children...

  • Develop a broad vocabulary of historical terms.
  • Empathise with historical figures and the events they experienced, but also critically evaluate their decisions and behaviour.
  • Identify links and contrasts between events at different places and times in history.
  • Make comparisons between our present life experiences and the experiences of others in the recent and distant past.
  • Explore, investigate and compare different texts, images and objects and other sources.
  • Visit historical sites and museums.
  • Add to their timelines in their books.
  • Use different methods to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, such as written explanations, recounts, pictures, drama, sculpture, and cookery.


History is taught in termly blocks throughout the year, so that children develop a deeper understanding and depth to their learning. Teachers understand the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression throughout each year group across the school. The History curriculum uses Curriculum Companion as a framework with specific focus on the 10 Knowledge Categories: Settlements, Beliefs, Culture and Pastimes, Location, Main Events, Food and Farming, Travel and Exploration, Conflict, Society and Artefacts.

By the end of year 6, children will be secure in drawing comparisons and making connections between different time periods and their own lives. They will have a good sense of chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. The curriculum is built on chronological progression of events and civilisations where possible with reference to prior learning being an explicit part of teaching.


Educational visits are a key part of our history curriculum, and we aim to link these to our curriculum topics, since they offer the opportunity for teachers to plan for additional history learning outside the classroom. In each classroom, there is a timeline of historical events displayed for children to reference.

Our children have explored local museums, sites and had visitors into school to share learning and have hands on experiences. These are highlighted in yellow in the knowledge and skills overview. Specific historical events are recognised in Collective Worship and as a whole school (Remembrance Day, Armistice Day) so that all children are aware of the impact of historical events on their lives on a year round basis.


Throughout their study of history at Grove CE Primary School pupils will be engaged in history lessons and want to find out more. Pupils will:


  • Develop knowledge about when and where important historical periods took place and compare them with other know eras
  • Know some of the important historical figures and events from the past
  • Understand why the world now is shaped due to events from history
  • Recognise that the world was different in different historical periods and be able to compare them with modern life

Have a love and passion for finding out about different cultures and time periods