Curriculum: History

The Intent of our History Curriculum

Our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the past. We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History we endeavour to teach children 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.

The Implementation of our History Curriculum

In Early Years, History is taught via the Early Learning Goals linked to the Specific Area ‘Understanding the World’. The majority of learning in this area occurs through adult intervention when the children are in continuous provision. However, during their time in Early Years the children will listen to stories set in different locations, engage in a unit titled ‘All About Me’ and participate in topic led work about the world they live in.

By the end of Early Years therefore, the children should be able to:

– Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society;

– Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;

– Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 History Lessons focus on developing ‘Knowledge and Knowhow’, Historical skills and understanding how to work as Historians. Children have real life experiences and learn about History in an active and creative way, making connections with prior historical learning and other subject areas such as Geography and Science. We use heritage projects, visits to places of interest and visitors to school to provide further relevant and contextual learning, engaging members of the community in children’s learning and providing positive role models from the community for children to learn from.

The Impact of our History Curriculum

Outcomes in History and literacy books, evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge.  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. Pupils are curious to know more about the past. Pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

Take a look at the Gallery below to see what our children have been getting up to…

Knowledge Organisers

At The Willows we use Knowledge Organisers to help our children, and staff, ensure the key objectives are covered.

Year 1 History Knowledge Organisers

Changes Within My Living Memory

The Great Fire of London

The Local High Street


Year 2 History Knowledge Organisers

Where I live and where I go to school

Significant People: Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole

The Seaside

Year 3 History Knowledge Organisers

From Stone Age to Iron Age

Roman Britain

Kirkham as a Roman Town

Year 4 History Knowledge Organisers

The Great Plague

Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Ancient Egypt

Year 5 History Knowledge Organisers

Ancient Greece

Early Islamic Civilisation

The Space Race

Year 6 History Knowledge Organisers

Social Justice

World War I

World War II


Useful Documents

Curriculum Map

Progression Document


Year 5 Geography History

Year 5 Geography History

Year 5 have been studying the geography and history of the United Kingdom. We built a map and played the roles of Romans, Celts, Scotti, Picts and Anglo Saxons to help us understand the formation of the countries/states.

Year 3 – Romans!

Year 3 – Romans!

The children have loved learning all about Roman Britain and their topic came to an end with a full day of learning all about the Romans.  They looked at Roman Numerals and created numbers outside, designed and created a mosaic for a Roman villa, practised using Latin...

Year 3 – Roman Spies!

Year 3 – Roman Spies!

Year 3 started their new history topic 'Roman Britain' by spying on Britain! It was their job to spy on Britain and report back to the Romans to give them information before they invade.  They found out lots of facts about Britain in 50 BC and focused on people,...

Year 6 WW1 Visit

Year 6 WW1 Visit

On Monday 17th October, Year 6 were visited by Sgt. Powell of the North Lancashire Regiment. He spent the afternoon putting the children through their paces joining the army, learning drill before guiding them through the process of signing their attestations and...

Year 3 – Stone Age Day

Year 3 – Stone Age Day

Year 3 had a fabulous Stone Age Day packed full of fun and adventure!  The children spent part of the day in our Forest School area completing lots of different Stone Age activities. They enjoyed grinding natural materials to make prehistoric paint and smashed willow...