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At Roscoe Primary School, we want to teach our children to develop a love of History and aim to do this through inspiring in pupils a curiosity and fascination to find out about Britain’s past, extending this to discovering more about the History of the wider world and encompassing the process of change throughout History. We want to maximise the outcomes so that every child knows more, remembers more and understands more.

We believe that high-quality History lessons motivate the children to want to know more about the past and develop their ability to think and act as historians. Through our History lessons, we want the children to gain in knowledge and skills in the classroom and through educational visitors and visits.

We aim to develop the following skills to help the children to become confident historians

  • Demonstrate developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • Develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of people and events from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of chronology
  • Develop the ability to think critically about History and communicate ideas confidently;
  • Promote the ability to think, reflect, discuss and evaluate the past.
  • Develop a desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of History topics.




Planning is informed by and aligned with the National Curriculum. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in Reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.

By the end of Year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British History from the Stone Age to the present day. They will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of World History, such as the ancient civilisations of the Egyptians, Greeks and the Mayans.  

Children will have access to knowledge organisers, anchor sheets and subject specific vocabulary to enhance their learning and understanding. Children in KS2 will be asked to research historical aspects of their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in History. The children will also be given opportunities to enhance their learning through educational visits and visitors and through the handling of artefacts.



Through our curriculum, the children will know more, remember more and understand more about History. Children will understand and use the key skills of chronology, develop their awareness of the past, learn about historical interpretation and develop enquiry, organisation and communication skills. The skills that the children learn through their History lessons are transferrable to other areas of the curriculum and will equip them for life as an adult in the wider world.

History in Action at Roscoe

Useful Web Links

Hands on History aims to help make history come alive for families with children aged 7-11. Step back in time and discover what life used to be like.

Enter ancient worlds, meet famous people and discover fascinating facts by exploring a wide selection of historical games and activities.

Hundreds of pages of easy to read information and facts on many homework topics including The Tudors, The Victorians and The Romans.