At Glebe, children enjoy different history based learning projects each year, ranging from Ancient Greece and Rome to Vikings and World War II. We make every effort to develop meaningful links between subjects, with English and Maths often taught within a cross curricular context. Through our Imaginative Learning project approach and through memorable experiences on site and off we are able to immerse the children in their themes by using reproduction and real artefacts in our classrooms. We also create engaging lessons using drama and immersive events. To reinforce their learning, theatre groups and visitors bring the subject alive and all children benefit from visiting places of historical interest.

History curriculum: Overview

Purpose of study

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.


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.


View or download a copy of the subject leader Programme of study by clicking the link. History – Programme of study

View or download a copy of the subject leader key skills by clicking the link. History – Key Skills

Link to History curriculum document: NC History

Examples of our History Displays: History Display


History websites

A good general website for information on periods of history and important historical figures.

Another BBC history website, even more child friendly.

Horrible Histories site – lots of games and information relating to curriculum history

A bank of resources and timelines for many curriculum areas of history

A fabulous site, listing lots of sites for various aspects of KS2 Primary history