Sandford Hill Primary School History Curriculum

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The school’s History Leader is Mr S. Frost

The History Vision

The History curriculum at Sandford Hill Primary will enthuse our children with significant historical knowledge and equip them with appropriate skills so they are able to make sense of the past. In particular, if will enable the children to learn how Britain has influenced, and has been influenced by, the wider world. 


The Aims for History:

  • The pupils will understand methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical conclusions.
  • The pupils will be equipped with  knowledge and understanding of the history of the UK and the wider world, including how people’s lives have been shaped.
  • The pupils will have a clear understanding of historical terms and vocabulary.
  • The pupils will understand historical concepts (skills) 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.
  • The pupils will make links and contrasts within their current history topic, as well as to previous topics and to think of suitable historical questions about the topics they are learning or have previously learnt.
  • The pupils will make connections between local, national and international history.
  • The pupils will make links between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history.
An overview of History at Sandford Hill

Welcome to History at Sandford Hill!

The history curriculum at Sandford Hill aims to develop our children’s inquisitive nature and to promote a life-long love of history. History is delivered through a planned sequence of topics which link together and are enquiry based. These topics tend to be delivered over a half term and support the children’s ability to work independently: to organise, interpret and evaluate their learning effectively. In so doing, the children gain knowledge about the periods that have shaped modern day Britain.  They learn about the people within these periods; engineers, doctors, philanthropists, kings and queens; who influenced society at the time and have left their mark on today’s society. Visits and visitors are used extensively across the school to help further engage the children with the people, places, events and buildings of the past.

The formal history curriculum spans some five thousand years, from the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Rome and Greece through to the invasions of the Saxons and Vikings and on to more recent times with the inventions of the Victorians and culminating in the outbreak of The Second World War. Such studies develop the children’s appreciation of chronology whilst at the same time helping them to make sense of the world as it is today. In so doing the children learn of the impact of the cultural and religious development throughout the ages, the responses of societies to social and economic challenges and to the issues of justice as these were as much part of the world of the past as they are of ours today.

The children at Sandford Hill gain and make use of a historically grounded understanding of terms and vocabulary such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’ as we realise that in order for our children to gain a sound understanding of the past, they must understand many of these abstract terms.

As well as this, we also strive to ensure that the children understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use these terms to make connections, draw contrasts and analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own accounts about the past.