The intent of our History curriculum is to help pupils gain a knowledge and understanding of the past in Britain and the wider world so that they know more, remember more and understand more. We intend to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We intend to help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

History is organised over a two-year cycle to meet the needs of our mixed age classes. Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of the individual learner and prior learning is built upon. As well as lessons, learning about History is enhanced by the organisation of trips and visitors. Carefully planned retrieval questions are asked to ensure pupils are able to remember knowledge over time.


Children will begin to understand the past through changes in their own lifetimes. They will look at traditions over time and talk about past events and ways of life. They will talk about what our world was like in the past and look at past events such as landing on the moon, discussing how we can change the future.


In Key Stage 1, children will develop an awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. Children will also learn about significant historical events within the local area. They will also study changes within living memory as well as events beyond living memory that are nationally or globally significant such as The Great Fire of London. Their learning will be placed within a chronological framework.


In Key Stage 2, children will extend their ability to appreciate history in a chronological context. They will develop a secure understanding of British, local and world history. Pupils will consider connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will also learn to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of different sources and spend time looking at, and dealing with, different sources.

In lower key stage 2, they will study: Roman Britain, Anglo Saxons and Vikings and Prehistoric Britain.

In upper key stage 2, they will study: Liverpool’s past, Ancient Greece and its influence on the Western World, World War I and its impact on Britain, The Maya Civilization and Ancient Egypt.

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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303