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The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.


Our aims:

The purpose of our history curriculum is to engage and enthuse learners through historical periods which engage and excite the pupils. We hope that our children will create links between the past and now and to recognise changes and similarities in concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.


  1. The chronological teaching of periods of history from EYFS to Year 6.
  2. Historical periods which are relevant to the children, their backgrounds and the wider school community.
  3. Lessons which don’t just teach subject knowledge but skills which can be used and applied beyond primary school.
  4. The use of primary and secondary sources which can then be used and applied through writing, oral presentations and other methods of recording.
  5. Drama, visitors and trips to engage pupils and excite them.


Wateringbury historians will:

  • Recall significant historical events knowing how they have influenced life today.
  • Be able to describe the impact of significant historical figures both in the past and on life today.
  • Use primary and secondary sources to explore the past.
  • To be able to understand the chronological passing of time and how events relate and interlink with one another.
  • How history impacts on their lives today.
  • To recall key events in their lifetimes and how these may influence the future.