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A high-quality History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps 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.


At Abbotswood Primary School, we are historians! We want our children to love history.  We want our children to remember their History lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the historical opportunities they are presented with! Bringing History alive is important at Abbotswood.

In History pupils are encouraged to question their understanding of the past allowing them to enjoy all that History has to offer. Through the use of artefacts and exciting trips, pupils gain an in-depth understanding of significant events in British History as well as appreciating how things change over time. We want to equip pupils with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the History National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Without History, there would be no future!

Planning and Teaching

Each term, each year group will have a central topic that looks at a key aspect of History or Geography.

Our History topics lead themselves to a broad and balanced cross-curricular learning experience. We ensure that children are taught a wide range of historical periods as they progress through the school.

Staff develop year group specific long-term curriculum maps that identify when the different subjects and topics will be taught across the academic year.

Our short-term plans are produced on a termly basis. We use these to set out the learning objectives for each lesson, identifying engaging activities and resources that will be used to achieve them. Each term every year group will have a key question or idea that aims to inspire and enthuse the children about the area that they will be learning about that term. The children along with their teacher will inquire, investigate and create to deepen prior knowledge and develop new learning.

During a History topic, children experience an explicit weekly history lesson. We also make cross-curricular links at Abbotswood, where appropriate, as we believe that this will highlight the importance and relevance of these skills to both learning in school and to the wider world.

Staff at Abbotswood use the National Curriculum to ensure pupils develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and their wider world. We support this teaching through skills ladders that have been carefully mapped out and broken down for each year group This means that skills in History are progressive and build year on year.

As subject leaders, we ensure that both knowledge and skills are taught simultaneously through monitoring of topic plans, lesson observation and book scrutiny. All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.

Curriculum and Skills Ladders

History Learning at Abbotswood

Please take a look at our photo gallery to see our fantastic history learning across the year groups at Abbotswood.

Years One and Two were learning about the Great Fire of London.  They recreated this event after building their own houses and the teachers set fire to them on the school grounds.  Children commented on the heat, smell and sight of the fire and could see how quickly it must've spread.
Year Three and Four celebrated the end of their Roman topic by making their own symmetrical Roman shields.
Years Five and Six spent the day finding out what it was like to live like the Tudors.
If you have any questions regarding History or Geography at Abbotswood or would like to share some ideas that would support our teaching and provision of these subjects please contact Mrs Williamson or Miss Jones, who are the subject leaders.