We are not makers of history. We are made by history. - Martin Luther King Jr

History is who we are and why we are the way we are. - David McCullough

Our intent of teaching history here at Grimes Dyke Primary School is to stimulate the children’s interest, curiosity and understanding about the past. Through the curriculum pupils will gain a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

We teach children a sense of chronology and through this develop a sense of identity and an awareness of the challenges of their time. Teaching should equip children to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement. History teaching should help pupils to understand the complexity of pupil’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and the relationship between different groups.

What we teach

  • To teach the National Curriculum for History for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
  • To make cross-curricular links enabling the embedding of historical thinking and enquiry.

We follow the National Curriculum and make cross-curricular links wherever possible. There will usually be two history units taught per year but where necessary, teachers are encouraged to finish units regardless of terms, ensuring that the National Curriculum is covered across the age range. Current units of work across KS1 and KS2 can be found on the school’s Long Term cross-curricular plans. These are then used to produce Medium Term and Weekly plans, uploaded and stored on Learn Anywhere. History in the Foundation Stage is based on Early Learning Goals, primarily Knowledge and Understanding of the World.

How we teach

All teachers are responsible for monitoring and evaluating their curriculum provision, ensuring that high teaching and learning standards are met, in line with the National Curriculum. Where teachers are not confident with history content, they are welcome to any CPD that they may need to secure their teaching or subject knowledge. Where possible, specialist visitors or visits are arranged to provide subject enrichment.