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Our Curriculum : History


History plays an important role at East Hunsbury Primary School and is fundamental to our mission of creating aspirational and knowledge–rich pupils.

"History, the study of the past, is all around us; we are continually making history through our thoughts, words and actions. History is personal and global; it is everyday life and momentous occasions. History is about people.

Through our study of the past, we can understand how our own world works. We can also understand how and why things happen to us. For example, had you ever wondered why the polar ice caps are melting? The answer partially lies in history. The Industrial Revolution caused the birth of industrial towns and factories, belching out smoke and pollution. It also caused the mechanisation of society, adding to the pollution. Could this partially explain the pollution problems that we face today? History is not just about the past!"


Historical Association

It is our intention that our history curriculum is aspirational, enabling and inclusive and supports children in understanding Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We intend that our history curriculum will enable children to:

  • Understand history as a subject discipline and how what we learn from history can affect our own lives and the lives of others.
  • Become curious about the past and be equipped to ask informed, perspective-led questions.
  • Develop children’s mental timeline (schema) by cumulatively building pupils’ knowledge of periods and events.
  • Think critically, compare, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.
  • Understand the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change over time.
  • Develop an understanding of the diverse societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and challenges of their time.
  • Move to secondary school and beyond with a chronologically secure knowledge of British, local and world history.
  • Note connections, contrasts and trends over time and will develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
  • Learn through History and use this learning to influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.

For further information, please refer to the NPAT History Narrative Document.