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'Learning for life, building a firm foundation.'


Why we teach your child history:

Our aim is to give children a high-quality education in history to inspire a curiosity and an understanding about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.  We want children to develop their awareness of local, British and worldwide history and how it can shape the future.  It is important to us that the children at All Saints CE Primary School and Nursery gain a comprehensive base of history knowledge and vocabulary so that they are able to express well-balanced opinions about current issues in society and the world they live in.  Furthermore, the skills they develop as a Historian will give them the tools with which to successfully navigate and engage with their world.  At All Saints, it is our aim to promote in our learners, a genuine interest in history which they will take to secondary school and beyond.


What our curriculum looks like:

Our History curriculum is ambitious, and this starts right from Nursery. Using the content from the National Curriculum and the Early Years Framework we have carefully sequenced our History curriculum so children learn in logical steps.

Our History curriculum progression map can be found on this page.

We then create our medium-term plans which set out the core knowledge, skills and vocabulary our children will be learning. These are available to view on each class page.

Each unit of learning begins with an ‘Enquiry Question’ such as:

‘Tudors: Terrific or Terrible?’ or ‘How did World War II effect everyday life?’  These can be viewed on each class page’s Long Term Plan.



Children at All Saints first become Historians in the ‘Past and Present’ section of the Early Learning Goals. They begin to understand how they have grown or changed and make sense of their own life-story and their family’s history.  Activities, stories, celebrations of events and other experiences in school begin building the foundations of vocabulary (eg now/then, old/new).

Key Stage 1 

In Years 1 and 2, your child will begin to build on that historical vocabulary by learning about significant people and events which are local, national or global and that are beyond living memory.

Key Stage 2 

In Years 3 to 6, the history curriculum continues to build and expand on previous knowledge by studying events/people from the earliest times to the present day.  They will become familiar with more abstract terms, such as, ‘empire’ ‘civilisation’ and will increase their understanding on the broad characteristics of periods of time as well as how they relate.

Quality teaching across the year groups and cross-curricular links, outdoor learning, trips and visitors and various school events all enhance the children’s experience and excitement of learning history.

How you can help your child at home:

The BBC Bitesize websites link to videos, games and information a wide range of historical knowledge:​


“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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