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Little Dewchurch Primary School



By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.

We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics;

A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.


We will implement these intentions through following the guidance of the National Curriculum closely and history is planned to be taught in chronological sequencing. Links will be made to locality and significant individuals (including their achievements or legacies) Some areas of enquiry across KS1 will be revisited in KS2 to help pupils develop links and understanding between historical periods and how they interlink through developing a wider understanding as they move up the school.

Teachers will plan at least one trip or external visitor per year to link with their learning and help develop the keen minds of historical enquiry amongst our pupils.

Support for staff will be offered from all of the history team across the collaboration so that members of staff feel supported with their teaching and planning of history.

Wherever possible, children should be given hands on experiences of learning about the past and its impact upon modern society through practical lessons and carefully planned for trips to enrich pupil understanding.


Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and are curious to know more about the past. Through this study pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We will be able to measure this through monitoring of the tracking grids and also reflective responses given to a half-termly deeper thinking question. These responses should be independent to gauge pupil understanding.

Overview of KS1

History Overview


Changes within living memory

Significant events beyond living memory

Significant historical events, people and places in own locality

Year 1


History of Christmas


Significant individuals

Ole Kirk Christiansen, Theodore “Teddy “ Roosevelt,  Frank Hornby

Prince Albert, Queen Victoria,


Year 2

Great Fire of London and Gunpowder plot

History of travel

Castles and famous battles

Significant individuals

Samuel Pepys, Thomas Farriner, Sir Christopher Wren. Guy Fawkes

Wright brothers, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake, Edward Smith

William the Conqueror,

NB: There are lots of famous battles from around Herefordshire and castles.

Overview of KS2

History Overview KS2

Ancient civilization and their achievements

British history and local

Extend pupil understanding beyond 1066

Year 3


Stone Age through to Iron age

Changing power of Monarchs

Significant individuals

Howard Carter, Tutankhamun, Cleopatra, Ramses II, 


King John, Queen Anne and Queen Victoria.

Year 4



Changes in leisure through to 20th Century

Significant individuals

Pakal the great, Yax K’uk’ Mo’, Jasaw Chan K’awiil

Julius Ceasar, Boudicca, Hadrian, Claudius


Year 5

Shang Dynasty


Significant turning point in British history, first railways

Significant individuals

Shang Tang, Yi Yin, Bi Gan, Boyi Kao, Wang Hai and Fu Hao.

Offa, Alfred the Great,


Year 6

Ancient Greece


Crime and punishment

Significant individuals

Pheidippides, Alexander the Great, Aesop

Alfred the Great (recap) Athelstan, William, Edward the Confessor