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At Cronton CE Primary School our KEYS Curriculum is built around the National Curriculum, enriched to reflect the children and community we teach in. As a church school our Christian ethos and school values are the heart of everything we do.

We believe every child can be their BEST with our Vision statement reflecting this.

“I can do everything through God who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13

How history links with our KEYS curriculum

As the  quote below says we believe learning about significant legacies, aspects and concepts of history worldwide, nationally and locally will help equip our children to become Global citizens of the future. Through history they will develop many transferable skills, enabling them to make connections and contrasts, ask questions and build their independence by creating and presenting their own structured accounts.

Key attributes of our Historians at Cronton CE

Children will gain a curiosity about the past and their ancestors.

They will  gain a wide historical vocabulary and be able to use this to discuss past events, people and eras.   

They will have  chronological  knowledge of British History and  how this relates to the wider world.

They will have a knowledge and  understanding of their community through studying the local area.  

They will develop independence in their work by choosing their own ways to present findings.

They will develop a better understanding about faith and spirituality, through learning about the importance of this in different time periods.

They will develop respect for past civilisations, through finding out about the challenges they faced.

They will be able to make connections  about social, cultural and technological aspects of everyday life and legacies from different time periods.

They will learn the importance of persevering when trying new things through learning about past inventions.  

They will learning about democracy, law and Justice understanding how civilisations and countries have been governed in different time periods.


The main aims of our History curriculum at Cronton C.E. are:


-To gain a chronological knowledge of Britian's past and that of the wider world.  

-To develop a knowledge of how the past has had an influence on present life.

-To gain a knowledge of the past within the local areas of Cronton, Widnes  and Liverpool. 

-To inspire children's curiosity to know more about the past by developing skills to carry out historical enquiries by asking questions, thinking critically and examining artefacts and evidence. 

-For our children to be able to discuss significant historical events and people and to be able to compare lifestyles from different eras.


-Children will gain a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of historical vocabulary and be able to use it appropriately.


In KS 1 classes study significant people and events and aspects of change over time. In KS2 the curriculum is mapped out broadly chronologically with each KS2 class studying an ancient era as well as a period of British history. Each year group also studies an aspect of local history.  In KS1 these link in with local important events and local significant people and in KS2 children learn about the local area starting with the immediate vicinity of our school and village in Y3 with Cronton, and leading out to the city of Liverpool in Y6. 


The curriculum has been designed so that there are opportunities for children to revisit prior learning and make links and comparisons across different eras. They will learn about the social and cultural aspects from different time periods as well the importance of faith. They will find out about significant figures, rulers  and leaders and discover how  conflicts and invasions have shaped and defined eras.


Lessons have been designed to ensure that the children develop vocabulary , knowledge and skills within the history curriculum. Children will find out about the legacy of different eras and events, learning how the past has affected present  life.  


We have a variety of artefacts and sources to develop and enhance learning. We also have a large scale timeline which allows children to place the period studied into chronological contact. 

These  aspects and themes run throughout  our curriculum and are covered in different ways across various topics enabling children to build their knowledge and understanding of these concepts across different time periods.  


Legacy – understanding of how the past has affected the present will be studied in all topics

Rulers , leaders and key figures – understanding of how rulers, leaders and important figures have shaped the present

Democracy, law and Justice – understanding how civilisations and countries have been governed in different time periods.

Spirituality – importance of faith in different time periods, including how countries have differing belief systems and how these have developed

War, conflict and invasionunderstanding of the importance of war, conflict and invasions in shaping  and defining different time periods

   Settlement and trade an overview of social, cultural and technological aspects of everyday life  including clothes, food, homes       and leisure and the impact of trade on this

Children are encouraged to think like an historian by learning about these disciplines: 

chronology, using sources as evidence to construct and interpret history,  making comparisons and  learning about the significance and legacy of historical events. Here are progressive sequencing road maps of these disciplines. 

Lesson Structure

This  lesson structure has been designed to ensure the children learn more and remember, combining recapping with learning new knowledge and allowing children to make links across time periods. They will develop an understanding of chronology and learn historical vocabulary.  They will be able to use enquiry skills to learn about the past and be able to present their knowledge and findings in a variety of ways. 


Impact will be measured through assessment throughout the history lessons and marking of books.

The impact of the history lesson will ensure that all children make good progress from their starting point and have the opportunity at working within the expected level and at greater depth. This will be shown at the end of each topic, by assessment tasks where progress and attainment can be shown.

Home Learning 

Children may be asked to research a topic in advance or deepen knowledge.  You can help at home by using our KEY learning sheets to reinforce learning.  Children may use our homework helpers for suggestions and idea. If you are able to, visits to historical landmarks or museums may help  your child make links, deepen their knowledge and understanding, spark  curiosity  and give opportunity to share their learning an knowledge with you.  Many  museums have online galleries too.