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“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.” The Historical Association

Philosophy and approach

Across our collaboration, we see history not only as simple facts and dates but to encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through a topic-based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.

What you will see in history lessons

Our history curriculum begins in the EYFS with Understanding the world.  The pupils develop their understanding of ‘past’ and ‘present’ through learning about themselves, building up their personal experiences; understanding the diverse world and widening their vocabulary through inspiring activities. As soon as they start at our schools, our children are equipped with the foundations of becoming a young historian as they begin to understand the basis of the passing of time and how it changes the world around us.

Building on this, in KS1 our curriculum takes the children on a thematic journey to build up their knowledge of continuity and change whilst studying significant events and the lives of those people who have shaped history over time.

In KS2 children are taken on a chronological journey where we see history not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way.

We believe strongly that children should have a rich understanding of their local heritage. This is why links with our communities are woven into our history curriculum to ensure it is explicitly taught and that links with larger historical themes can be made.


History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. In addition to substantive and disciplinary knowledge, children will develop their experiential knowledge through museum visits, handling artefacts and engaging in carefully planned fieldwork.


History 4 Year rolling plan

Historians at Cornerstones Schools

History progression document

History Policy
Cornerstones History Subject Policy

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