Purpose of study from the National Curriculum

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. 


To ensure that all pupils benefit from an exciting, rich, broad, balanced, and differentiated curriculum that is matched appropriately to their ages, abilities and aptitudes. Ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the pupils to develop a love for history.  


  • New topics for the year 2019-20 to ensure rich, broad and balanced curriculum coverage 
  • Use of the End Point Curriculum to keep outcomes focused and clear
  • Learning walks, observations and discussions with the pupils to ensure learning is exciting 
  • Book scrutiny to evidence coverage and differentiation 
  • Use of the skills documents to support planning and assessment 
  • Annual data will be collected and analysed to ensure continued progress. Target pupils and areas identified and support for both pupils and staff will be implemented if necessary 


All pupils will have a secure knowledge of historical concepts, facts and skills. They will have the ability to transfer these skills to other areas of the curriculum. They will develop an interest in the world around them and in events that have happened and how they have shaped/shape the world we live in. pupils will be curious and be armed with the resilience and problem solving skills to investigate. 

Autumn Term Coverage: 

Reception will be learning about our families and how we have changed since birth 

Year 1 will be looking into the achievements of explorers throughout the ages; Sir Fracnes Drake, Charles A Lindburgh and Niel Armstorng. Looking at why after so many years we still celebrate their achievements and how life was different in each of their lifetimes. 

Year 2 will be exploring the class system, diet, shipbuilding, lifestyles etc. How this has changed over time and what people's opinions of this was.

Year 3 will be looking at the Iron Age and Stone Age. We will be looking at the key changes in this period and imagining how people felt during this time.

Year 4 will be looking at the ancient Greek life and achievements, and also their influence on the western world

Year 5 are doing the Anglo-Saxons where we are looking at village life and crime and punishment.

Year 6 will be looking at how the Leisure and Entertainment Industry has changed over the last 100 years. We will look at how England winning the world cup in 1966 changed the way football was broadcast, we will be comparing the cinema we know now to the cinema before WW2 as well as comparing how the radio was vital to the war efforts but the television has played an important role during the coronavirus pandemic


Gorsewood Primary School

Gorsewood Road, Murdishaw, Runcorn, WA7 6ES