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The main aims of our history curriculum are to provide  understanding of chronology, develop enquiry skills, know about the legacy of historical eras, events and people and be able to make comparisons 


Children will gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, and link this to the local areas of Cronton, Widnes and Liverpool .


We aim to inspire  curiosity so that children know more about the past by developing skills to implement historical enquiries by asking questions, thinking critically, examining artefacts and evidence and developing perspective and judgement.


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


We aim to ensure that our children can discuss historical events and link and compare between different eras and be able to place them on a timeline.


Children should be able to use key skills, key knowledge and key vocabulary




The History curriculum has been reviewed and redesigned recently. In KS 1 classes study significant people and events and aspects of change over time. In KS2 it 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.  Lessons follow the five part lesson format as outlined below.


5 Part Lesson


Vocabulary - Recap/ introduce new  vocabulary  

Hook Introduce the lesson by a question

Chronology--Develop understanding of chronology through timelines and dates

Knowledge and Enquiry skills- Interpret sources and introduce new knowledge 

Presentation- Present findings and knowledge


The five parts may be presented in a different order depending on the relevance and appropriateness for that lesson. This five part lesson has been designed to ensure that the children develop vocabulary , knowledge and skills within the history curriculum.



We have recently invested in a variety of artefacts and sources to develop, enhance and structure the lessons. We also have a large scale timeline which allows children to place the period studied into chronological contact. 

Key Recurring Historical Aspects and themes

Throughout our History topics there are key recurring themes which help when we compare different events, periods and people in history. 


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

Whole School Topic overview